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Published:December 12th, 2006 04:39 EST
Iraqi troops free 23 kidnap victims

Iraqi troops free 23 kidnap victims

By SOP newswire

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi Soldiers, with the support of coalition forces, found 23 kidnapped Iraqis during operations in a western neighborhood of the Iraqi capital Dec. 11.

The 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division team followed a suspicious vehicle during the operation. When it stopped in front of a house, the troops discovered two kidnapped Iraqis in the car. A search of the house revealed another 20 hostages.

Company E, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment arrived on the scene to assist. An hour later at a nearby checkpoint, the joint patrol observed insurgents in two vehicles as they stopped a bus and tried to abduct the passengers.

The Iraqi Soldiers engaged one of the cars killing one kidnapper and wounding two others. There was an additional hostage in the vehicle’s trunk.

Six suspected kidnappers where arrested. The incidents are still under