Found Wearing Hidden Grenades — Cash, Police Uniforms and Explosives
Stashed in Homes
Iraq (CENTCOM)- The targets of a 588th Engineer Battalion
early morning raid on Jan. 10 in Ba’qubah, were a father
and his six sons suspected of being involved in attacks against
The father and three of his sons were captured
without incident. A woman was also detained. When the detained
woman was searched by a female soldier and was found to have,
hidden within her clothing, four hand grenades. Additionally,
the soldiers located and confiscated four AK-47 assault rifles,
a U.S.-made body armor vest and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC)
uniforms in the house.
Earlier in the evening on Jan. 10, the 588th Engineer
Battalion conducted another raid in north Ba’qubah and captured
two people suspected of being weapons dealers. One of those captured
was a local sheik. The soldiers located and confiscated three
AK-47 assault rifles, one pistol, one hand grenade and 11 million
Iraqi dinar. The soldiers also found a brief case filled with
identification cards, including one of the captured individual’s
Ba’ath party cards.
In Taji, Iraq, information from an Iraqi citizen about a possible
weapons cache brought 5th Engineer Battalion soldiers to a house
in Taji during the afternoon of Jan. 10.
The soldiers searched the house and found 418
C5M rockets, 260 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), 250 82-millimeter
mortars, 50 57-millimeter mortars, 65 120-millimeter artillery
rounds, 15 PG7 anti-tank rounds, 13 cases of 7.62-millimeter ammunition,
30 hand grenades, and 100 rounds of 7.62-millimeter armor piercing
ammunition, 2,000 additional rounds of automatic weapon ammunition,
30 grenades and four rifles.
The site was also used as an improvised explosive
device (IED) factory. Soldiers found nine 155-millimeter artillery
rounds that were configured as IEDs, as well as a bag of black
powder with a time fuse attached. Additional IED-making material
confiscated included five command detonation systems, four remote
detonation systems, four blasting caps, several feet of time fuse
cord, several feet of detonation cord, four push button switches
used in the production of IEDs and 16 crates of plastic explosives.
Two individuals in the house were detained.