Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Report: 128 'suspected gunmen' arrested in al-Dawr

A U.S. soldier takes a position during a joint raid with Iraqi forces in Dour, near Tikrit yesterday. Raids have been taking place for several days now.

Dawr, Apr 4, (VOI) – As many as 128 suspected gunmen were arrested during a joint security operation in Dawr district, north of Baghdad, while another military operation was waged in Sameraa, a security source in Tikrit said on Wednesday.

“A joint force of U.S. and Iraqi personnel continued their operation for the sixth day in row in Dawr district, where they captured 128 suspected gunmen believed to be involved in attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces,” the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

“The forces also found a number of weapons and light-arms hidden in several houses in the city,” he added.

“The city was under siege for six days and witnessed harsh humanitarian conditions, especially within the severe shortage in medical and food supplies,” the source noted.

Dawr district is 13 km east of Tikrit which lies 175 km north of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and Iraqi armies launched a military operation in the city of Samarra, 70 km north of Baghdad, in the early hours of Wednesday, the source also said, noting that the operation included imposing a curfew on the city and a security crackdown on a number of city neighborhoods.

The operation is being implemented with numerous U.S. choppers hovering over the city.

From VOI

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