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Insurgents Nabbed After Attack on Police

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2006 – In separate incidents over the past several days, Iraqi police caught two insurgents after they attacked a station, Iraqi soldiers conducted a raid through Safra village, and a suicide car bomber hit a U.S. patrol north of Baghdad, officials said.

Iraqi police officers apprehended the insurgents after they attacked a station checkpoint at the Rasheed district headquarters yesterday.

According to reports, the insurgents drove up to the checkpoint and began shooting. When checkpoint police returned fire, the three attackers jumped out of their vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. Officers caught two of the attackers; the third escaped.

An Iraqi police officer, injured by gunfire, was transported to a medical facility for further treatment.

The arrested insurgents were injured by small-arms fire during the incident. One insurgent shot himself in the head while trying to escape. Both insurgents were turned over to authorities for further questioning and investigation.

On Feb. 8, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, conducted a raid through the village of Safra with support from U.S. soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

The Iraqi soldiers searched more than 45 structures while U.S. soldiers provided outer cordon security and served as tactical advisers throughout the operation.

The Iraqi soldiers detained a suspected terrorist linked to bombings of an oil pipeline, and talked to the village religious leader regarding further questioning for wanted possible insurgents.

The operation was planned and led by the Iraqi army, U.S. military officials said.

In other news, a patrol from 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, was hit by a suicide car bomber Feb. 7 north of Baghdad. There were no coalition casualties in the incident, but a terrorist attacker was killed, and a coalition vehicle received minor damage.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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