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Iraqi Cell Leader Killed, Another Captured; 13 Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2007 – Coalition forces killed the leader of an improvised-explosive-device cell and captured another in Iraq over the past three days, and coalition forces have detained 13 suspected insurgents this week, U.S. military officials said.

Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained seven suspected terrorists today during a raid targeting an IED cell in Baghdad. As coalition forces neared the objective, three individuals fled to a river, where two of the suspected terrorists surrendered without incident.

A third armed terrorist who refused to surrender began maneuvering toward coalition forces and was shot and killed. Coalition forces also detained five other suspected terrorists.

A day earlier, 8th Iraqi Army Division forces with coalition advisors captured a suspected IED cell leader in Hajjan, west of Kut. The suspect is an experienced IED builder responsible for attacks on convoys traveling in the area, military officials said. Iraqi security forces detained three additional people for questioning.

Also in Iraq yesterday, a suicide car bomb detonated near an Iraqi Army checkpoint in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour, killing two Iraqi army soldiers and seriously wounding three others.

Elsewhere in Iraq, soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, detained three suspected insurgents Jan. 14 while patrolling the Jurf As Sahkr water treatment plant, 35 miles southwest of Baghdad.

The patrol witnessed the insurgents stripping a vehicle for use as a potential car bomb. As the patrol neared, the insurgents fled in different directions and shot at the patrol from two nearby houses. The detainees are being held for further questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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