Friday, February 20, 2009

OIF Summary, Feb. 20, 2009: Troops Find Bombs in Baghdad

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2009 -- Iraqi and U.S. forces found four explosive devices in Baghdad on Feb. 17, military officials reported.

Though two of the bombs exploded, no one was injured.

Iraqi soldiers conducting checkpoint security in the Iraqi capital’s Mansour district found a bomb attached underneath a vehicle. They immediately advised the driver to pull the car over and get out. Moments later, the bomb detonated, damaging the vehicle. U.S. and Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal teams responded to analyze the blast.

In Baghdad’s Rashid district, Iraqi security forces partnered with U.S. soldiers found two roadside bombs.

Police officers and Multinational Division Baghdad security forces discovered one of the bombs during a combined patrol. An EOD unit responded to disarm the bomb, which was made from a 130 mm artillery round and a 30 mm round with detonator cord and a blasting cap.

Later, police officers and their Multinational Division Baghdad partners responded to an explosion in the Hadar community and discovered a roadside bomb. A coalition EOD team responded to the scene to properly dispose of the bomb.

In northwestern Baghdad’s Ghazaliyah neighborhood, Iraqi security forces contacted U.S. soldiers to report a suspicious item on an abandoned house. Police and coalition soldiers cordoned off the area, and a coalition EOD team responded to disarm the device.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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