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5 Iraqi Policemen, 1 US Soldier Killed in Separate Bomb Blasts

04 May 2007

Iraqi and U.S. officials say five Iraqi policemen and one American soldier were killed in separate roadside bomb blasts in and around Baghdad Friday.

Elsewhere in the capital, the U.S. military said coalition forces detained 16 suspected terrorists during raids in the mainly Shi'ite Sadr City district. It said intelligence reports indicate the men were involved in smuggling armor-piercing bombs from Iran.

The military also displayed pictures of a cache of Iranian-made weapons that it said coalition forces discovered during earlier operations in the Mahmudiyah region south of Baghdad.

Separately, the military identified two more senior al-Qaida in Iraq leaders (Sabah Hilal al-Shihawi, a religious advisor of the insurgent group, and a foreign fighter, Abu Amar al-Masri) who were killed in an operation in Taji, north of Baghdad, on Tuesday.

Thursday, the military identified one of five people killed in the raid as Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri, the group's information minister.

The military has not identified the remaining two.

Earlier, the Iraqi interior ministry said the top al-Qaida in Iraq leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was among those killed. But the U.S. military disputed the claim.

The Iraqi ministry claimed the fifth militant killed in the operation was Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the head of the al-Qaida-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq.

But the umbrella group of insurgents says Baghdadi is alive.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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