WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Dec. 7, 2006) - Iraqi Soldiers responded to a vehicle bomb explosion near Baghdad Tuesday, and Iraqi and coalition troops have detained several suspects and found numerous weapons caches over the past few days.

Iraqi Soldiers responded to a detonated vehicle bomb in the Mahmudiyah district south of Baghdad. Upon arrival, Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, blocked off the street and requested an explosive ordnance team to clear the area.

While clearing the area, the team from 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment of 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, found another car bomb. They destroyed the bomb in a controlled detonation and cleared the area. One Iraqi civilian security guard was injured in the initial explosion.

On Monday, Coalition Forces captured six terror suspects during a raid in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad. One of the suspects is believed to be an insurgent with ties to the al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist network. He is a local tribal leader believed to have ordered attacks against Iraqi civilians and Coalition Forces.

Special Iraqi army forces, with Coalition advisers Tuesday captured two suspected insurgents believed to be responsible for improvised-explosive-device and car-bomb attacks against coalition forces during a raid in the Jihad neighborhood of southern Baghdad.

Officials believe the insurgents belong to a terrorist cell implicated in an attack on Coalition Forces in Mosul that resulted in the deaths of several Coalition soldiers. The cell is suspected of weapons trafficking throughout the Jihad area and Baghdad.

Tuesday's operations caused minimal property damages, and no casualties among Iraqi civilians, Security Forces or Coalition troops.

Elsewhere, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, responded to a suspected rocket attack in the Rusafa neighborhood of central Baghdad Sunday. Two rounds impacted the building next to a local detainee facility. Two Iraqi army soldiers were wounded in the incident. One died of wounds en route to a hospital.

In a separate rocket attack in the same neighborhood, an unknown number of rockets hit the Algharbuha intermediate school, wounding five Iraqi school children and two teachers.

Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldiers responded to an explosion in the Kadamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad while conducting combat operations Sunday.
Upon further investigation, a platoon-sized element from Company A, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, discovered the dome of the Nida'al Dallah Mosque was partially collapsed.

The troops found no injured civilians or insurgents in the area.