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Iraqis Help Soldiers Find Bombs; Stolen Child Recovered

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2005 – Iraqi citizens tipped off U.S. soldiers patrolling the northwest part of Baghdad about the whereabouts of two roadside bombs Aug. 10.

The Iraqis told a Task Force Baghdad patrol at 9:15 a.m. the bombs were placed near a major highway in the area.

The Americans found two landmines and two mortar rounds wrapped in detonation cord. The soldiers secured the site and called in an explosive ordnance disposal team to safely detonate the munitions.

A suicide car bomber attacked another American unit patrolling west Baghdad four hours later. The bomb detonated prematurely, 10 feet from the soldiers' vehicles. The car's driver was killed in the attack, but no one else was killed or injured.

The soldiers also stopped a suspicious vehicle following directly behind the car bomb. When they searched the vehicle and the two occupants inside they found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle. One occupant also had a cellular phone that could have been used to communicate with the suicide bomber or videotape the attack. Both men where taken into custody for questioning.

At 4:45 p.m., a third task force unit found two 100-pound bombs hidden under some grass laid on a major highway in northwest Baghdad. The soldiers secured the site and called in an EOD team.

The U.S. soldiers then noticed some people gathered around a car about 100 yards away from the bomb. The soldiers questioned the group to determine the car's owner. After the owner was identified, the soldiers searched the vehicle's trunk and found the same kind of grass used to cover the bombs. Explosive materials were also found in the car. The vehicle's owner and three other men were taken into custody for questioning.

Later in the day task force soldiers found and safely disabled three more roadside bombs in northwest, central and south Baghdad before they could be used against Iraqi citizens or coalition forces.

And Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers teamed up Aug. 9 to capture two kidnappers and return a 2-year-old child to his parents in the Bayaa district of south Baghdad.

The combined patrol was patrolling the neighborhood around 2 p.m. that day when a white van drove by. One van occupant fired six shots from an AK-47 at the patrol.

When the assailant's vehicle sped around a corner to flee, an Iraqi police undercover unit met it. The police fired four shots into the rear tires of the van and stopped it.

The combined patrol investigated and found a 2-year-old child who had been kidnapped from his home just minutes before.

The Iraqi police arrested the driver and the passenger, impounded the van, and returned the child to his parents.

(Compiled from Task Force Baghdad news releases.)

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