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Insurgents Routed After Attacks on Iraqi Security Forces

American Forces Press Service

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 27, 2006 – Iraqi security forces quickly responded to a series of attacks today in Baqubah in eastern Diyala province, leaving 21 enemy dead and capturing 43.

The attacks began in southern Baqubah in the afternoon when the Buhriz police station and five police checkpoints were simultaneously attacked with mortar rounds, rocket-propelled grenades, and small-arms fire. Iraqi soldiers and police killed 17 and detained 28 responsible for the attacks.

One Iraqi soldier was killed and two were wounded. Four Iraqi police were wounded.

In Dali Abbas, more than 100 terrorists with mortar rounds, RPGs and small arms fire attacked the 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army headquarters,. The soldiers returned fire, killing four enemy and detaining 15. Six Iraqi soldiers died and eight were wounded.

Two civilians were also killed and four were wounded during the attack on the headquarters.

Diyala police forces and 5th Iraqi Army quickly reacted to these attacks and have secured the city of Baqubah and surrounding areas. The governor enacted a provincewide curfew.

(Based on a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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