BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. and Iraqi forces foiled a car bomb attack and detained 17 suspected insurgents in operations in the north of the country, the U.S. command said Saturday.
Iraqi police noticed wires sticking out of a car on Friday in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad (search), a military statement said. As they tried to investigate, insurgents attacked them with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, the statement said. No one was injured in the ensuing firefight and the car bomb did not go off.
U.S. army explosive experts later detonated the car in a controlled blast, the military said.
U.S. and Iraqi forces also detained 14 suspected insurgents during searches north and west of Mosul (search), the military said. They included 10 people wanted for planning and conducting roadside bomb attacks, the military said.
Improvised bombs planted on roads used by U.S. patrols are among the biggest killers of American forces in Iraq.
Meanwhile, soldiers of the Army's 1st Infantry Division detained three suspected insurgents late Friday, 20 kilometers (15 miles) south of Samarra, the military said in a statement. The three were suspected of planning a suicide bombing, the military said. It did not say where the suicide bombing was meant to take place.