Friday, April 06, 2007

Report: 179 arrested, 8 'gunmen' killed in Mosul operations

A Soldier with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, scans a courtyard while pulling security during night raids in Mosul this week.

Mosul, Apr. 6 (VOI) – Some 179 people were arrested, eight gunmen killed and arms and ammunition seized within the security operation that started in Mosul this week in a bid to impose order and law, the Multi-National Force said on Friday.

"Iraqi security forces carried out a security combing operation all over the province of Ninawa on Tuesday and Wednesday," read an MNF statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

The statement quoted Ninawa Governor Dreid Kashmoula as saying "the Mosul plan is going along Operation Fardh al-Qanoon in Baghdad," adding the plan "aims at denying a foothold in Mosul to any saboteur or terrorist."

He said soldiers of the Iraqi army's 2nd and 3rd Divisions, backed by Iraqi policemen, raided hideouts suspected to be making explosive devices.

"The Iraqi police also managed seize fuel being sold at the black market," he said, adding "this fuel will be used by Iraqi security forces to operate their generators and vehicles."

From VOI

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