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Terrorist Explosions Kill, Injure Iraqis

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2008 – Coalition officials denounced the “barbaric” and “cowardly” acts of terrorists who killed more than a dozen Iraqis and injured scores of others with bombings in Iraq over the past several days.

In southern Baghdad on Oct. 12, five Iraqis were killed and 12 were injured by an explosion. An explosive ordnance detachment is investigating the scene to gather more information.

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers of Company D, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, attached to the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, joined Iraqi Security Forces in responding to the blast and helping secure the site.

"Soldiers from the Raider brigade are responding to assist the Iraqi people in this time of need," said Army Maj. Dave Olson, the combat team’s spokesman. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured and killed in the attack. The transition of the Iraqi Security Forces continues to move forward as they assume the lead in the Rashid district.

"This is a heinous attack against the residents of Baghdad," Olson said . "It also shows the true nature of a cowardly and evil enemy who specifically targets the innocent."

In Mosul, also on Oct. 12, members of al Qaeda in Iraq conducted a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack against an Iraqi patrol, killing five local Iraqi citizens and injuring 10 others. Approximately 20 minutes later, another SVBIED attack injured 25 Iraqi citizens in an area not far from the first blast. The injured have been taken to a local facility for medical treatment.

"The good, honest citizens of Iraq only want peace and stability in their lives. The barbaric acts of these AQI members will continue to make the decent citizens of Iraq turn against them," said Army Maj. Peggy Kageleiry, spokeswoman for Multi-National Division-North.

In the East Rashid district of Baghdad on Oct 10, six Iraqi civilians were killed and 12 were wounded when terrorists detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

Multi-National Division Baghdad soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team responded to the scene. A preliminary investigation from a coalition explosive ordnance team indicates that 200-300 pounds of explosives exploded in the vehicle.

"Cowardly attacks such as this show a complete disregard for the lives of Iraqi citizens," said Army Maj. Mark Cheadle, spokesman for Multinational Division Baghdad and the 4th Infantry Division. "Along with our Iraqi Security Force partners, we will continue to pursue those who threaten the safety of the people of Iraq."

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq press releases.)

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