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Aircraft drops bomb on criminal mortar site

Release No: UNRELEASED April 8, 2008 PRINT | E-MAIL

BAGHDAD (Apr. 7, 2008) - A U.S. Air Force F-16 dropped a low-yield bomb on a mortarlaunching site after a Multi-National Division - Baghdad observationteam saw criminals emplacing mortars in the New Baghdad district at 2:30p.m. April 7.

A joint security station had reported receiving a mortar roundnear their location in the New Baghdad district.

After a second 82 mm round impacted near the JSS, an aerialsurveillance team determined the two mortars’ point of origin. Iraqi Security Forces called in a U.S. Army Apache air weaponsteam that engaged and killed the mortar crew with a Hellfire missile. AnF-16 then dropped a low-yield bomb on the mortar site.

"Based on a review of the surveillance video we do not believethere were any civilian casualties as a result of this attack," saidCol. Bill Buckner, spokesman for Multi-National Corps - Iraq.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FOR HIGH-RES PHOTOS, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONALCORPS - IRAQ PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE BY E-MAIL AT: MNCIPAOVICTORYMAINJO@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL