February 19th, 2007 06:38 EST
VBIED-rigged vehicle destroyed in raid near Tikrit, Seven detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained seven suspected terrorists and destroyed a vehicle rigged with an improvised explosive device during a raid targeting foreign fighter facilitators east of Tikrit Monday morning.
Intelligence reports indicated a suspected terrorist with ties to the foreign fighter facilitator network was working the targeted area east of Tikrit.
Coalition Forces detained the targeted individual, along with six other suspected terrorists, during the raid.
During the raid, ground forces discovered one of the vehicles on the property was rigged with an improvised explosive device. Ground forces cleared the area of civilians, including women and children, before destroying the vehicle.
Ground forces destroyed the vehicle, rendering it useless to future terrorist attacks.
Ground forces searching the building also found numerous AK-47s, a sniper rifle, two machine guns, a pistol and a footlocker filled with ammunition. The weapons and ammunition were seized to prevent further use by terrorists.
Coalition Forces will continue deliberate and methodical operations in order to hunt down and capture or kill terrorists trying to prevent a peaceful and stable Iraq. These operations will continue to be successful with the support and cooperation of the Iraqi people.
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