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Three Terrorists Killed; Probe Sought of April 26 Incident

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2006 Three terrorists were killed yesterday after planting a roadside bomb west of Baghdad, and the commander of Multinational Force West is seeking a criminal investigation of an April 26 incident in which an Iraqi civilian was killed.

Coalition forces from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, observed three terrorists digging holes and placing roadside bombs near the Abu Ghraib district. Coalition forces then engaged and killed all three terrorists.

In other news, Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer has asked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to investigate an April 26 incident in which Marines allegedly killed an Iraqi civilian near Hamandiyah, west of Baghdad. Zilmer commands 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Local Iraqis brought the incident to the attention of Marine leadership at a regularly scheduled meeting on May 1. A preliminary Multinational Force West investigation into the allegations revealed sufficient information existed to recommend a criminal investigation into the incident, officials said.

Several servicemembers from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, suspected to have been involved in the incident were removed from operations and have returned to the United States, pending the results of the criminal investigation, officials said. (Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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