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UPDATED: 19:35, May 18, 2007
U.S. troops detain six suspected transporters of Iranian-made weapons
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U.S. troops on Friday detained six suspected members of secret cell accused of facilitating the transport of Iranian-made weapons from neighboring Iran into Iraq, the U.S. military said.

The raid targeted suspected members of "secret cell terrorist network" known for facilitating the transport of weapons and Explosively-Formed Projectiles (EFP) from Iran as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for training, the military said in a statement.

The troops detained six suspects, including two believed to be key leaders in the secret cell terrorist network, it said.

According to intelligence reports, one of the leaders is responsible for the planning and coordinating of numerous murders, kidnappings, assassinations and attacks on Iraqi civilians and coalition forces. The other is an explosives expert and weapons dealer, the statement said.

"One Iraqi civilian received minor injuries during the course of the operations, and he received medical attention on the scene from Coalition Forces," added the statement.

The U.S. military frequently accused Iran of providing Iraqi Shiite militia with weapons and parts for sophisticated armored- piercing bombs, which has been denied by Iran.

U.S. and Iraqi security forces have staged a security plan in the capital since Feb. 14 with an aim of putting rampant violence under control.

Source: Xinhua

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