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Citizen's Tip Leads to Arrest of Bombing Attack Suspect

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2005 – An Iraqi citizen's tip March 23 led to the arrest of a suspect in an improvised explosive device attack in Dawr.

Soldiers from Task Force Liberty's 1st Brigade Combat Team conducted the raid after receiving a tip linking the individual to a previous attack in Dawr. Bombmaking materials were seized in the raid.

Also on March 23, Task Force Baghdad soldiers discovered an ammunition cache at a house in southern Baghdad. While conducting a routine patrol in the neighborhood, the soldiers spotted four camouflage-type nets in the yard of a house. The soldiers searched the house and found 100 machine gun rounds, 800 shotgun rounds, and timers and wires used to make bombs. Several neighbors reported that the residents of the house were ex-Iraqi soldiers. Task Force Baghdad soldiers confiscated the ammunition.

A Task Force Baghdad unit discovered two improvised explosive devices, one buried underneath the other, March 23. The first discovery was described as an artillery shell in a box. The soldiers secured the site and called in an explosive ordnance disposal team, which then detonated the IED. That explosion kicked up another buried round, which the EOD team then destroyed in a controlled detonation.

A coordinated car-bomb attack involving three vehicles heading for the Mussayib police station in Ramadi was derailed March 21 when citizens noticed the drivers were not from their local area and helped Iraqi police stop the cars, according to a multinational forces report.

Two of the cars were acting as diversions to allow the third car, which was loaded with explosives, to reach the station. The man driving the car with the explosives was identified as a Palestinian; the other two drivers were Syrian and Egyptian. The Palestinian attempted to run away, but the citizens who stopped the attack also prevented him from fleeing, the report said. Iraqi police from the Mussayib station arrested all three men.

A security detainee died March 22 at the Multinational Division Central South internment facility, officials reported. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of the death.

The male detainee, in his early 30s, was brought to the internment facility March 19. He was alone in his cell when a guard saw him lying down, realized something was wrong and immediately called for medical assistance, officials said, adding that several attempts to resuscitate him failed.

An investigation was initiated by the Criminal Investigation Division to determine the cause of death, which officials noted is standing procedure for all detainees who die while in Multinational Force Iraq custody.

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

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