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IED Kills Soldier; Coalition Captures More Terror Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2005 – A Task Force Liberty soldier was killed today and another was wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated next to their combat patrol south of Tikrit, Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported.

The name of the soldier killed is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The wounded soldier, meanwhile, has been returned to duty.

In other developments, Task Force Baghdad soldiers arrested 10 terror suspects during four early morning raids on safe houses west and north of Baghdad May 16.

Seven of those captured are thought to be involved in car-bomb attacks against Iraqi civilians and multinational forces. Three other suspects are thought to have participated in a series of terror attacks against coalition forces. All were taken into custody for questioning.

Elsewhere, an Iraqi army general's security team repelled a terrorist ambush in central Baghdad, killing four attackers. After the attack, the security team confiscated two rocket-propelled grenades, two machine guns, and eight hand grenades. In southeast Baghdad, Iraqi policemen summoned an explosives team after finding two car bombs while on patrol there. Iraqi police secured the area to keep people away. One car bomb exploded before the team arrived, and the second bomb was detonated safely.

And in central Baghdad, an Iraqi citizen tipped Iraqi policemen to a roadside bomb located in a pothole on a main street. The police secured the area and safely disarmed the bomb.

Army Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesman, said the key to preventing terrorist attacks is for people to be alert and tell either coalition troops or Iraqi security forces of suspicious or unusual activities.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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