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Three Coalition Force Soldiers Injured, Insurgents Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2006 – Three coalition force soldiers were injured in a weapons accident at Camp Echo, Iraq, yesterday. Meanwhile, a hostage was released based on a tip and nine suspected insurgents were detained in three separate incidents on Aug 23, according to officials in Iraq.

One American and two Polish soldiers wounded in the Camp Echo incident early yesterday morning were treated immediately at the base military hospital. The American soldier and one of the Polish soldiers were transported to the military hospital in Baghdad for further treatment, and their status was listed as stable yesterday, officials said.

The incident is under investigation.

In other news, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers freed a local national being held against his will in western Baghdad’s Salman Pak neighborhood Aug. 24.

Soldiers from Troop B, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, received a tip concerning illegal activity at the local gas station.

After cordoning off and searching the gas station, soldiers found an Iraqi civilian in an outbuilding that was secured from the outside. The hostage was freed and taken to a secure location, where he provided the names for 21 terrorists in the area. The names were then provided to the 4th Brigade, 1st National Police Division.

Iraqi authorities are investigating the incident.

Elsewhere in Iraq, Iraqi army and security forces, with coalition forces observing, conducted multiple early-morning raids Aug. 23, capturing three primary suspects associated with emplacing roadside bombs and participating in illegal arms groups.

The first raid netted a person suspected of emplacing roadside bombs and targeting U.S. military personnel in Ramadi. The raid was conducted without incident and five other persons were detained for questioning, officials said.

The second raid resulted in the capture of two people who allegedly belonged to a cell that engaged in promoting sectarian violence through kidnapping and murder in southern Baghdad. The raid, conducted as part of Operation Together Forward, occurred without further incident.

No civilian, Iraqi forces or coalition forces were injured during the operations.

The same day, a patrol from 2nd Tank Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division’s Military Transition Team, captured a suspected terrorist after their patrol struck a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, officials said.

The 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division advisors requested attack aviation support to provide aerial reconnaissance. An attack helicopter from the Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, identified a possible triggerman’s hiding site.

The patrol searched the area and seized a suspected terrorist.

The damaged vehicle was hauled back to Camp Taji, where the patrol returned with the detainee who was being held for further questioning.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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