Iraqi police arrest two in deadly Tal Afar bombings
Iraqi police have arrested two suspects in the Tal Afar bomb attacks that last week that killed more than 150 people, U.S. military officials said Thursday.
The two unnamed men were arrested on April 3 in Ninevah province, officials said. U.S. advisers were present during the raid that led to the arrests, officials said, but Iraqi troops took the lead in the operation.
The raid took place northwest of Tal Afar, officials said. At least 19 other people described in a news release as “suspicious individuals” were arrested in the same raid.
The two main targets of the raid also were alleged to have taken part in other attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces.
The truck bombing in a Shiite neighborhood was attributed to al-Qaida in Iraq and seen as an effort to stir sectarian conflict.
In the days after the bombing, Shiite police and militiamen carried out reprisal attacks. At least 16 police were arrested by Iraqi officials for those killings.