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Three Suspected of Planning Suicide Bombing Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2004 – U.S. soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division detained three individuals north of Samarra, Iraq, on Oct. 8, according to a Multinational Force Iraq news release. The individuals are suspected of planning a suicide bombing.

The soldiers searched five homes, detained the suspects and confiscated copper wire, two AK-47 assault rifles, ammunition, and two vehicles, the release said. The vehicles included a sedan with an unknown number of munitions in the trunk and a station wagon containing detonation cord, four pounds of C4 explosive and remote timers.

The individuals were transported to a multinational detention facility for questioning, according to the release.

The day before, more than 300 Iraqis completed a 13-day boot camp at Camp Taji to become the newest members of the Iraqi National Guard, according to a second MNF-I news release.

With the graduating class of 04-07, Iraq took one step closer to its complete independence as multinational forces transferred responsibility of the training academy to the command of the ING Oct 7, officials said.

Prior to the transfer, the academy fell under the control of the 39th Brigade Combat Team, though instructors for the academy came from all over the division.

According to the release, the responsibility for day-to-day operations is in the hands of the Iraqi National Guard, but multinational forces will still be on hand if needed.

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