Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers questioned a “person of interest” Feb. 25, after a Sons of Iraq leader and his son were found murdered in the Mechanix neighborhood of Rashid District Feb. 24.

Following a report of the murders, soldiers of Company E, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, attached to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, found the bodies of the local SOI leader and his son in the SOI headquarters building in Mechanix. The victims had their hands tied behind their backs and had multiple gunshot wounds.

After pursuing a trail of evidence and receiving tips from several Iraqi civilian sources, MND-B soldiers detained a person of interest for questioning in connection to the murders. The suspect was transferred to the 7/2 national police brigade headquarters for further questioning.

“Our condolences go out to the family of these men who died making Baghdad and Iraq a more secure place for its people,” said Maj. Kirk Luedeke, Task Force Dragon spokesman. “We will continue to seek out those responsible for these murders and bring them to justice.”

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