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Roadside Bomb Wounds Three Task Force Baghdad Soldiers

American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 18, 2004 – An improvised explosive device detonated at about 4:30 p.m. in western Baghdad today, wounding three Task Force Baghdad soldiers.

The soldiers were taken to a military treatment facility. No word was immediately available on their condition.

In other news from Iraq, U.S. soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment detained six suspected anti-Iraqi fighters in Samarra at about 3 p.m. local time today. An hour later in Tikrit, soldiers from the division's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment detained an individual suspected of financing anti-Iraqi forces.

The first group detained was transferred to the 2nd Commando Battalion of the Iraqi Interior Ministry for questioning. The suspected financier was transported to a coalition detention facility for question, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.

In other news, coalition forces have established five 24-hour hotline numbers in the Baghdad area so residents there "can take a more active role in improving the security situation in their city," a U.S. 1st Cavalry Division spokesman said Oct. 17.

Citing recent car-bombing incidents in Baghdad, Army Lt. Col. James Hutton said around-the-clock hotlines have been established to give local residents the chance to stop terrorist attacks before they happen.

"Iraqi citizens are growing tired of these desperate, brazen and cruel attacks," Hutton said. He said the hotlines will operate 24 hours a day, allowing Iraqi citizens the opportunity to call anonymously and tip off security forces to terrorist threats.

Hutton encouraged Baghdad residents to take advantage of this opportunity to assist in ending violent attacks in the city, which continue to kill innocent bystanders. "There is an opportunity here for the Iraqi people to shape their future and put an end to the violence," he said.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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