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Future City Hall Bombed; Coalition Forces Kill Three, Detain 10

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2006 – Terrorists bombed the site of a future Iraqi city hall yesterday, and coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 10 more suspects in three incidents May 28.

The construction site of the future Lutafiyah city hall was bombed late last night. Iraqi and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were sent to investigate the explosion and have secured the site, according to U.S. officials. No injuries were reported.

On May 28, coalition forces killed three terrorists and wounded one as they transported and attempted to emplace roadside bombs near Ramadi. The individuals have been linked to a weapons cache coalition forces located and destroyed in the area just south of Lake Thar Thar on May 27.

A coalition air strike about 10 kilometers northeast of the city killed the terrorists before they could complete their activity. The weapons cache was located less than 25 kilometers from the site where the terrorists were digging a hole to place a roadside bomb.

The same day, coalition forces captured seven terrorists and various bomb-making materials while conducting multiple assaults in southern Ramadi. The terrorists are known in the region for making homemade bombs and car bombs.

The troops located and detonated a car bomb and materials for making homemade bombs. Coalition forces encountered no resistance from the suspected terrorists during the raid, officials said. This location is in the same area in which six other suspected terrorists were apprehended May 19 for attacking coalition forces conducting similar operations.

The raids were part of ongoing, coordinated efforts to eliminate al Qaeda operations in the Anbar region west of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials. There were several Iraqi civilians in the area during the raid. None of the civilians was harmed, and all were returned to their homes once the troops ensured the area and buildings were secure.

Elsewhere, coalition forces detained one wanted terrorist and two suspects near Taji on May 28. The two suspects surrendered immediately, while a third suspect tried to escape by jumping into a nearby canal.

Once all three men were in custody, the two suspects identified the third man who had attempted to flee as the terrorist for whom the troops were searching. The wanted terrorist's vehicle was destroyed on site.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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