'Large-scale terrorist attack' targeting Baghdad thwarted

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The Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced Monday (November 5th) that a large-scale terrorist plan targeting Baghdad has been thwarted.

"A joint army-police force, which Monday morning stormed a building in Taji, north of Baghdad, arrested 11 al-Qaeda gunmen who had in their possession two car bombs, a third one that was ready to be wired, improvised explosive devices, sticky bombs, and silencer-equipped guns," Iraqi Ministry of Defence spokesperson Col. Dhia al-Wakeel told Al-Shorfa.

"The detainees confessed to planning to launch a large-scale terrorist attack targeting different areas of the capital this week," he said, adding that "they were involved in previous attacks in Baghdad".

Iraqi forces are interrogating the detainees to identify the organisation behind them and the names of those who supervised the plan, he said.

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