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Iraqi Forces Find Roadside Bomb; Bridge Bomber Nabbed

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2006 – Iraqi forces discovered a roadside bomb and caught the would-be bomber of a bridge in two separate incidents in Tikrit, Iraq, yesterday, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials said.

Iraqi police officers reported an improvised explosive device discovered along a Tikrit business route to coalition personnel. Bomb disposal personnel cleared the two surface=laid artillery shells, which had been concealed with a timing device in a plastic bag.

The same day, Iraqi soldiers identified and detained a would-be bomber and defused an explosive device after some quick coordination with coalition personnel.

Iraqi troops became suspicious of a man with a cell phone near a bridge on the east side of town. The soldiers also suspected a bomb was emplaced and contacted coalition troops with the information.

An Iraqi army quick-reaction force was dispatched, and the suspect was arrested. The bomb was discovered on the side of the bridge and disarmed. The detainee and roadside bomb were turned over to authorities for further disposition.

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

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