Irak – Iraqis Arrest Suspected Vehicle Bomber, Extortionists

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2010 – Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested a suspected vehicle bomber and four accused extortionists in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

Iraqi forces arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member during a combined May 7 operation about 70 miles northeast of Baghdad. The suspect is believed to have ties to vehicle-bomb attacks and high-level al-Qaida in Iraq leaders in Diyala province.

On May 6, Iraqi forces in search of a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq extortion leader arrested four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members during a combined operation in eastern Mosul.

Information and evidence gathered at the scene led Iraqi forces to identify and arrest four associates of the wanted man.

Compiled from U.S. Forces Iraq News Releases