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Citizen Tips Target Insurgent Activity in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2005 – Tips from local residents helped Iraqi security forces rescue a kidnapping victim, seize weapons and uncover a weapons cache June 5, Multinational Force Iraq officials in Baghdad reported today.

Iraqi police from the Shaab Police Station responded to a tip and launched a raid on a local residence, where they found a kidnapping victim unharmed inside, officials said.

Four suspects were taken into custody for questioning, officials said.

In other anti-insurgent activity, an Iraqi citizen who witnessed two sacks of ammunition and weapons being dropped in a field turned the contents over to soldiers at Camp Justice.

Officials said the citizen saw a white Toyota pickup truck drop the sacks and investigated the contents. Inside the bags were 37 Iraqi hand grenades, 101 Bulgarian grenade fuses, two Spanish artillery fuses, two French 130 mm artillery proximity fuses and one heavy machine gun, officials said.

The resident transported the cache to Camp Justice and turned it over to soldiers at the gate, officials said.

Also in Iraq, soldiers with the 1st Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, acted on a tip from a civilian and uncovered a weapons cache consisting of 20 122mm rockets.

No injuries or damages were reported during the incidents.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)

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