Wednesday, February 25, 2004


"American troops distributing leaflets" in Iraq came across wanted terrorist Abu Musaab Zarqawi, who opened fire on them. The US troops returned fire, killing Zarqawi.

U.S. troops killed a lieutenant of suspected al Qaeda militant Abu Musaab Zarqawi, the military said yesterday, and Polish soldiers arrested nine suspects, including some believed involved in suicide bombings that killed 63 persons.

American troops distributing leaflets knocked on the door of a house in a western town Thursday, and the suspected Zarqawi associate, Abu Muhammad Hamza, opened fire from inside, the military said. The soldiers returned fire, killing Hamza, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said.

Three other men who tried to run from the scene were captured by Iraqi police and troops from the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, the military said.

In the house in Habbaniyah, soldiers found bomb-making materials and explosives — including a suicide bomber's vest rigged with a grenade and ball bearings — pro-Saddam Hussein literature and pictures of Zarqawi, Gen. Kimmitt said.


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