Tip Helps U.S. Forces Stop Car Bomb Attack Near School
"BAGHDAD — U.S. Forces, responding to an Iraqi citizens’ tip, foiled a potential terrorist car bomb attack near an elementary school in west Baghdad Oct. 3.
At 2 p.m. an Iraqi citizen eported a possible car bomb 20 yards from an elementary school. The man said the car had been parked there with its hood up since 11:30 a.m. when the driver exited the vehicle and was picked up by another car, which then drove away.
An explosives ordnance disposal team investigated and found a mortar round, four tank rounds, a propane tank and a radio controlled detonation device wired to the car’s antenna. The Soldiers safely detonated the bomb.
In other combat operations Oct. 3, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers captured four suspected roadside bombers and found four weapons caches in different areas of the city.
U.S. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment stopped a suspicious looking vehicle while manning a traffic control point at around 3 p.m. in south Baghdad.
When the unit searched the vehicle they found TNT and blue and white wires often used to detonate improvised explosive devices in the trunk. The four occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody for questioning.
Coalition Forces also found four weapons caches hidden in various areas of Baghdad. The caches contained 29 mortar rounds and a mortar tripod, nine rockets, a bag of TNT with wires running from it, one rocket propelled grenade launcher and four RPGs, four machine guns, four AK-47 rifles and nearly 3,000 rounds of ammunition. The Soldiers also found anti-Iraqi forces propaganda and paraphernalia at one of the cache sites.
Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Baghdad officials continue to encourage all Iraqi citizens to report suspicious behavior by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling one of the TIPS hotlines at 07901737723 or 07901737727."
-By dmccormick, Centcom News Wire
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