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Violence in Southeast Baghdad Claims Three Iraqi Citizens

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2005 – Three Iraqi citizens were killed during a Feb. 25 attack in southeast Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported. Officials said one person was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded at about 9:40 a.m. Iraqi Police and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers responded to the attack and cordoned off the area as a crowd of onlookers gathered. A terrorist fired into the crowd, killing two more Iraqi citizens and wounding two others, before fleeing. In other news from Iraq, Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad soldiers detained four suspected terrorists and seized multiple weapons in overnight and early- morning raids in western Baghdad today. And on Feb. 25 in western Mosul, Iraqi and multinational forces detained 18 people suspected of being involved in a car bomb attack and an attack on Iraqi troops conducting cordon-and-search operations in the region.

Soldiers shot and killed two terrorists who attacked their convoy Feb. 24 in northern Iraq. The soldiers were patrolling in eastern Mosul when their convoy was attacked from a moving vehicle. They returned fire, killing two of the attackers. No Multinational Force injuries were reported.

Military officials said a recent increase in arrests is due to information being provided by Iraqi citizens about insurgent activity. In one incident, an Iraqi citizen led multinational forces to an improvised explosive device placed along a highway in western Mosul. Soldiers were able to defuse the device without injury.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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