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Anti-Iraqi Forces Injure 1st ID Soldiers, Iraqi Troops

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2004 – Two U.S. 1st Infantry Division soldiers were injured when insurgents attacked their patrol Sept. 2 near Duluiyah, Iraq.

Shrapnel from the rocket-propelled grenade used in the attack injured the soldiers. The patrol returned to its base, officials said, where the two soldiers were being treated at the aid station.

An Iraqi army patrol was attacked near Buhritz on Sept. 2. Eight Iraqi soldiers and a 12-year-old girl were wounded, officials said. Two of the soldiers were evacuated to Iraqi hospitals in Baqubah and Baghdad. The other six soldiers and the child were treated at the Baqubah Hospital and later released. Iraqi Police are investigating the incident.

In other news from Iraq, 12 insurgents were detained in two separate Sept. 2 raids. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division detained three suspected Iraqi insurgents near Duluiyah. The three are suspected of attacking coalition forces using improvised explosive devices.

One of the individuals, Tarik Salman Rumayed al-Faraji, was a known IED bomber. The three individuals were taken to a multinational forces base for questioning.

Near Tikrit, 1st ID soldiers from 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment and Iraqi National Guard soldiers from the 201st ING Battalion detained nine individuals during a raid. The suspects are believed to be responsible for an Aug. 26 RPG attack near Kadeysia and bombings in Tikrit. The raid took place after an Iraqi civilian provided information to the Iraqi National Guard. The suspects were transported to a coalition detention facility for questioning.

Also, Iraqi police are securing a home that was attacked with explosives near Sadiyah on Sept. 2. This is the second attack on this home since Aug. 21, officials said. One round exploded at the home. A second round was removed from the house. There were no injuries. Task Force Danger soldiers are helping with security and explosive ordnance disposal support.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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