Iraqi army arrests 5 gunmen in Anbar

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The Iraqi army on Tuesday (February 19th) arrested five suspected al-Qaeda gunmen, including a prominent element wanted in connection with terrorist charges, during a raid in Anbar.

"A force from the Iraqi army's 1st Division carried out a surprise attack on a newly-established al-Qaeda hideout in al-Khamsa Kilo area, west of Ramadi, and arrested five gunmen, including Hisham Eid, a prominent al-Qaeda element," Lt. Col. Najm al-Dulaimi, Iraqi army spokesman in Anbar, told Al-Shorfa.

"The army attacked a plant for breaking rocks in the area where the five gunmen were found with different arms and explosives in their possession," he said.

The force seized 17 improvised explosive devices, two Katyushas, 10 different shells and four remote control devices, he said.

One of the gunmen, wounded in a clash with the security forces, was transferred to the hospital for treatment under heavy guard, al-Dulaimi said.

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