WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2006 – Iraqi police detained three suspected insurgents and discovered a makeshift bomb near a mosque in Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 11, U.S. military officials said. The insurgents fired on coalition forces near a cemetery in western Mosul, then fled into a mosque and continued to attack from inside after coalition forces pursued them. Coalition forces cordoned off the area and notified Iraqi police of the situation.
The Iraqi police searched the mosque and surrounding area, leading to the capture of the three insurgents and the discovery of a prepared makeshift bomb. Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal personnel destroyed the bomb, officials said.
There were no injuries to coalition or Iraqi forces.
Elsewhere in Iraq, Iraqi soldiers, supported by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, captured three known terrorists in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad Sept. 11.
While soldiers from 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team cordoned off the area, Iraqi army soldiers conducted a search of area buildings and compounds. They captured members of a terrorist cell responsible for attacking Iraqi and coalition forces with makeshift bombs and for supplying and operating a bomb production factory, officials said.
The suspects were detained for questioning.
Iraqi army and coalition forces continue to target terrorist cells and death squads with intelligence-driven operations as part of Operation Together Forward, officials said.