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Coalition Strikes Insurgents, Terrorists Target Tal Afar

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2006 – For the third straight day, coalition aircrews targeted an abandoned train station in Ramadi today, and a terrorist bomb detonated in a crowded area of Tal Afar last night, military officials in Iraq reported.

Coalition forces have delivered precision munitions at the same train station multiple times in the past three days in response to hostile insurgent activity, officials said, adding that the station is a known hub of insurgent activity.

Officials did not provide a casualty or damage assessment. Last night's Tal Afar attack left at least 16 Iraqi civilians dead and 134 others injured, officials said.

Iraqi army units and Tal Afar emergency services immediately responded and began transporting victims to the local hospital. As the numbers of casualties mounted, the overflow was diverted to coalition medical facilities.

Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, treated more than 60 of the victims.

Twenty-four of the 60 victims treated by U.S. medics were critically injured and were flown by coalition aircraft to the combat surgical hospitals in Mosul and Tikrit for more advanced care.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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