Iraqi Soldiers Seize Weapons, Explosives
American Forces Press Service
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 14, 2004 The Iraqi Intervention Force's 1st Battalion arrested six people and seized two vehicles loaded with weapons and explosives Oct. 13 at a traffic control point here.
The vehicles were stopped during routine searches at the impromptu checkpoint in the city.
Included in the seizure was a bus loaded with 17 107 mm artillery shells, 78 mortars, and 108 anti-tank mines. Three people in the vehicle were arrested. The driver had originally tried to bribe the soldiers not to search the bus, officials said.
While the soldiers waited for a Multinational Force explosive-ordnance detachment to handle the seized munitions, a second vehicle was stopped and searched, and the three people in the vehicle were detained for possessing illegal weapons. Included in the second seizure were an AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol, and a magazine vest full of loaded magazines. The suspects were handed over to multinational forces and processed into a detention facility.
The Iraqi Intervention Force is the Iraqi army's counterinsurgency group.
(Courtesy of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq.)