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BAGHDAD — The U.S. military planned to question an Iraqi man arrested earlier this week for his alleged role in six bombings that killed two policemen last year in Diyala province.

Wa’ael Muhassen Jarallah, 24, was apprehended Tuesday in a sting operation at a hospital in Olwiyah, according to the Iraqi police’s Karadah district commander. Local authorities also detained the man’s brother-in-law, who hadn’t been charged but was being questioned as a possible suspect.

Col. Salman Abed Al-Kareem said Jarallah confessed to being a member of al-Qaida in Iraq.

“He was captured (Tuesday) in Diyala province,” Al-Kareem said through a translator. “He brought his pregnant wife to the hospital and we had a sting set up. When he showed up, we arrested him.”

Now, U.S. officials want to find out if Jarallah has played any part in roadside bomb attacks on coalition forces.

“We’re checking with our intel to see if he’s involved in any [explosively formed penetrator] attacks against us,” said Lt. Col. John Bogdan, the 95th Military Police Battalion commander.

“We’ll question him, see if it connects with any of the people we’re targeting. Hopefully, together we’ll get more out of this.”

The 18th Military Police Brigade’s 95th Military Police Battalion, based in Mannheim, Germany, is deployed to Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah in east Baghdad.

Jarallah was targeting Iraqi police and Shiites in Diyala province by planting explosives in front of their homes, Al-Kareem said.

He said the six bombings occurred in the city of Buhruz in early 2007. Other conspirators were arrested last year but Jarallah had remained a fugitive, he added.

Al-Kareem wouldn’t identify any of the other alleged participants.


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