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Published:October 27th, 2006 02:32 EST
IPs ambushed by insurgents, IPs and CF fight back

IPs ambushed by insurgents, IPs and CF fight back

By SOP newswire

KHAN BANI SA’AD, Iraq – At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a Baqubah based Iraqi police unit came under attack by an unknown number of anti-Iraqi forces, in the vicinity of Khan Bani Sa’ad in Diyala Province.

The police under fire fought back in intense house to house fighting.

An element from 1-68 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Lightning, was diverted from another mission and rapidly responded to reinforce the IPs in contact.

The reaction force consisted of ground and air elements; they engaged the AIF immediately upon arrival.

Iraqi and Coalition forces engaged AIF with direct fire, killing 18 AIF, wounding eight and capturing 27 more.  Additionally, enemy weapons and ammunition were captured.

One Iraqi civilian and 24 IPs were killed in action.  Seven IPs were wounded and transported to FOB Warhorse for medical treatment. No Coalition forces were killed or injured in the attack.   -30-TEXT PROVIDED BY THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER FOR MULTINATIONAL

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Source:DoD