Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division arrested three suspected insurgents after the bomb they were making prematurely exploded south of Baghdad.

The three men were injured in the incident, U.S. military officials said.

The U.S. soldiers found other weapons the men were using in the area. The cache included 10 125 mm artillery rounds, 11 rockets, seven 82 mm mortar rounds, a 155 mm artillery round, 500 blasting caps, a pressure plate used to trigger devices and a box of fuses.

Insurgents routinely use reconstituted mortar and artillery rounds as roadside bombs against U.S. and Iraqi troops. Roadside bombs, whether triggered by pressure plates or by remote devices, remain the No. 1 killer of U.S. servicemembers in Iraq. The bombs also hit Iraqi civilians and U.S. contractors.

The 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division soldiers are part of what’s called Multi-National Division Baghdad.

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