Iraqi security forces kill three possible suicide bombers

09:11, December 21, 2010      

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The Iraqi security forces have killed three Libyans who were allegedly planing to carry out suicide bomb attacks in the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, a provincial police source said.

A force from the 2nd Iraqi Army Division raided a house in southern Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, where they killed three gunmen who were later identified as Libyan nationals, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The soldiers also seized three explosive vests, hand grenades and a weapon cache, the source added.

Nineveh province has long been a stronghold for insurgent groups, including al-Qaida militants. It has been the scene of major security crackdowns by the U. S. troops and Iraqi security forces to uproot the insurgency which erupted shortly after the U. S.-led invasion in 2003.

Source: Xinhua
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