The man who attempted to attack a U.S. military patrol base with a car bomb Sunday afternoon has been treated for his wounds and is undergoing interrogation by American troops, officials said Wednesday.
Soldiers manning a guard tower at Patrol Base Warrior Keep shot the man in the upper right leg, “rendering him unable to activate his initiation switch or his explosive vest,” a military news release read.
The base is near Sadr al Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad, and manned by soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment.
The attacker had attempted to ram through the base perimeter with a dump truck full of explosives. Ordnance disposal teams have been destroying the explosives.
Separately, Iraqi troops apparently stopped a suicide car-bomb attack Wednesday on a combat outpost in Khan Bani Sa’ad, Diyala province.
That base is shared by Iraqi troops and U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
Iraqi troops had received a tip and description of a potential suicide car bomb and, when they saw the vehicle approaching the outpost, shot at it with small-arms fire.
The vehicle exploded, slightly wounding two coalition soldiers, officials said.