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Suicide Bomber Kills Five, Wounds 18 in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2006 – A suicide car bomber killed four Iraqi police officers and one child and wounded 16 civilians and two Iraqi police officers yesterday at an Iraqi police checkpoint near Muqdadiyah, Iraq, officials reported.

Officials said the attack was initiated by a flurry of small-arms fire followed by the devastating blast. Coalition forces from a nearby base responded to the attack and assisted with the post-blast investigation.

Officials emphasized that reporting terrorist activity is the best way for local residents to help end violence in their neighborhoods and protect their families and homes.

Cash rewards are available for anyone who provides information leading to the apprehension of terrorists who commit crimes against Iraq, U.S. officials said.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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