U.S. forces in Iraq defused a car bomb on a major oil route, reports said. Late Thursday, U.S. soldiers defused a car bomb on the al-Hawija bridge on a highway used by occupation forces and oil tankers transporting crude from the northern oilfields in Kirkuk to Iraq's biggest refinery in Beiji, said Kirkuk police chief Gen. Turhan Youssef, according to the AP.
Al-Hawija bridge is just south of Kirkuk, which is 250 kilometres north of Baghdad. Youssef said Iraqi police found the car and informed occupation forces. Later, police arrested four people for suspected involvement, he said.
Early on Friday, Iraqi police manning a checkpoint in northern Iraq shot dead one of the six attackers who opened fire at them, police said. According to them, a checkpoint of Iraqi Civil Defence Forces was attacked by six gunmen in Salman Beg, 90 kilometres south of Kirkuk. One attacker was killed and another injured in retaliatory fire, said Gen. Anwar Amin, chief of ICDC in Kirkuk.
Elsewhere, many shopkeepers in Ramadi, a pro-Saddam city west of Baghdad, reported receiving leaflets warning Iraqis to stop working for or with Americans within 10 days or face death. The undated statement was signed by a previously unknown group, "Anbar Mujahedeen Brigade, the Military Unit." Anbar is the province that includes Ramadi.
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