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Published:May 1st, 2008 03:01 EST
MND-B soldiers kill 8 criminals

MND-B soldiers kill 8 criminals

By SOP newswire2

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldiers killed eight criminals during night operations in northeastern Baghdad.
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, operating an unmanned aerial vehicle, witnessed two armed criminals, including one bearing a rifle on the rooftop of a house at approximately 7:15 p.m. April 30. Soldiers fired one Hellfire missile from the UAV. Both criminals were killed, and the weapon was destroyed. 
At approximately 7:40 p.m., soldiers from 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., positively identified a Special Groups criminal with an RPK machine gun. Acting in self-defense, the soldiers returned fire and killed the individual.
Criminal forces continued to attack the soldiers with small-arms fire. At approximately 8:10 p.m., the soldiers killed another criminal firing upon them and then a third criminal at approximately 8:25 p.m.
At approximately 2 a.m. May 1, an air weapons team used a Hellfire missile to engage and kill three criminals in a vehicle. The criminals were seen earlier in the evening emplacing an improvised explosive device before fleeing in the vehicle.
“Special Groups are using Sadr City as a haven for their attacks against Iraqi civilians, the Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman for MND-B and the 4th Inf. Div. “We take every precaution to ensure we positively identify the enemy before engaging.”

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