WASHINGTON, July 11, 2006 – Three bombs detonated just north of Baghdad's international zone today, killing a reported 15 Iraqi civilians and an Iraqi policeman, U.S. military officials said. Reports indicate two terrorists wearing suicide vests blew themselves up, and a makeshift bomb was detonated. Four local nationals also were wounded. Iraqi soldiers from 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and coalition forces responded to the scene.
In other news from Iraq, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, captured an entire terrorist bomb-making cell during a series of raids in Mosul yesterday. Working on a tip from local civilians, Iraqi troops raided multiple houses and detained four suspects, who were then questioned about their involvement in insurgent activities.
A second raid based on information obtained from the four individuals led the soldiers to another house, where they detained two more terrorists. One of those detained was identified by several different sources as a terrorist cell leader, officials said. Coalition forces from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team provided "area security and an outer security cordon while the Iraqi soldiers completed the mission. No injuries to soldiers or civilians were reported.
The continued reporting of terrorist activity by Iraqi civilians demonstrates the population's confidence in the Iraqi security forces and a lack of tolerance for anyone who commits acts of violence in Iraq, U.S. military officials said.