HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
Title: IRAQI SECURITY FORCES SOLDIERS STOP SUICIDE BOMBERS
Release Date: 3/18/2007
Release Number: 07-01-03P
BAQUBAH, Iraq – Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, shot and killed a suicide bomber Saturday, south of Shakarat, Iraq.
Coalition Forces near the area where the incident occurred reported that the suicide bomber was running toward an Iraqi tactical check point, and after failing to obey several verbal warnings to stop, the IA shot him, which prompted the vest to detonate.
This is the second suicide bomber incident in two days in the Diyala province. Friday, a suicide bomber targeted the Balad Ruz Chief of Police during his visit at the Balad Ruz Hospital.
Iraqi Police reported that the suicide bomber was walking toward the hospital between the Iraqi Police’s posted vehicular security. The IPs warned the individual to stop, but were forced to engage him when he continued toward them. The vest detonated when the individual was shot, injuring three IPs on site.
“The terrorists are now seeing and experiencing the effectiveness of the Iraqi Security Forces,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division commander, and senior Coalition Force officer in Diyala province.
“This is why we are seeing an increase on audible attacks — attacks that are attempting to create fear within the local population.”
“I applaud the ISF members whose vigilance and attention prevented those suicide bombers from achieving their targets,” said Sutherland. “Those are the actions of a professional force, which is helping gain the support of their people.”