Skip to comments.Iraqi Police find hidden weapons, arrest 10
Posted on 12/27/2009 1:19:04 PM PST by SandRat
BAGHDAD Iraqi Police arrested a suspected Jaysh al-Islami (JAI) terrorist group explosives-cell leader and nine suspected criminal accomplices, in addition to discovering a large weapons cache, during two joint security operations conducted yesterday near Tikrit.
Pursuant to a warrant issued by an Iraqi court, IP and U.S. advisors first searched a residential building in a small village about 29 km northwest of Tikrit for the suspected Bayji JAI explosives-cell leader who is believed to have coordinated multiple improvised explosive device attacks against security forces in the region.
Evidence collected at the scene led IP to positively identify and arrest the warranted suspect and two suspected associates.
Information collected from the first location indicated that the suspect may have stored weapons and explosives in a rural area located approximately 42 km northwest of Tikrit.
Based on this information, a separate joint security team of IP and U.S. advisors searched a residential building, a shed and a garage.
The security team discovered an extensive weapons cache buried next to the shed. Among the many weapons and explosives found included five 107-mm rockets, more than 20 rocket-propelled grenades, seven RPG launchers, two 80-mm mortars, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
An explosive ordnance disposal team rendered the cache safe by destroying it in a secluded area.
After conducting preliminary questioning and examining evidence at the scene, IP arrested seven suspected associates of the warranted individual.
Sounding more and more like a real working government.
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