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Blast Destroys Iraqi Police Station; Tip Leads Soldiers to Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2006 – Terrorists blew up a new Iraqi police station under construction south of Baghdad yesterday, military officials reported.

The explosion caused half of the building to collapse.

Iraqi soldiers from 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, secured the site after the blast to prevent further damage.

"Terrorists are attempting to prevent the rebuilding of the essential infrastructure," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington, a Multinational Division Baghdad spokesman. "The police station is a sign of progress for the Iraqi people."

Iraqi authorities are investigating the blast.

In other news, a citizen's tip led Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers to a weapons cache south of Baghdad on April 17. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, received the tip while on patrol.

The cache included eight 250- to 500-pound aerial bombs stored in a steel cage and ready to be transported. The soldiers contacted an explosive ordnance disposal team, which conducted a controlled detonation and destroyed the cache.

Earlier in the day, soldiers from MNDB's 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, discovered a cache while patrolling southwest of Baghdad. The cache consisted of two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, 15 rocket-propelled grenades, a mortar tube, a 60 mm round, two green-star-cluster flares, and an Iraqi police vest.

The cache was turned over to an EOD team and rendered safe.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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