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Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a terrorist preparing a mortar attack in Samarra, Iraq, in an action that led to the discovery of weaponry, officials said Wednesday.

Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division saw three men drive a truck over the security berm that surrounds the city and begin setting up a mortar system, according to the division’s public affairs office.

Soldiers intercepted the men before they could fire the mortar, killing one and forcing the other two to flee.

A search of the truck discovered two mortar systems, 13 mortar rounds, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with two warheads and items linked to the making of explosives.

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