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Victim Rescued From Kidnappers

American Forces Press Service

TIKRIT, Iraq, April 27, 2006 – An Iraqi civilian kidnapped in Samarra was rescued today when soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stopped the would-be kidnappers' vehicles and released the citizen.

Units stationed in Samarra had already been aware of a "be on the lookout" report for a silver sedan suspected of being involved in a kidnapping when alert soldiers noticed a pair of silver sedans along a major thoroughfare in southern Salah ah Din province.

The two automobiles were parked next to each other as observers noticed the occupants passing what appeared to be a rifle between the two vehicles. Soldiers began pursuit of the vehicles but were unable to maintain contact.

They radioed other troops in the area to be on the lookout for the two sedans.

Soon afterward, another patrol spotted and stopped one of the sedans. Its three occupants were detained while the vehicle was searched. Soldiers soon discovered the bound-and-gagged kidnap victim in the trunk.

Shortly thereafter, soldiers stopped two more cars matching the description of the suspected criminals involved, and detained their two occupants.

The victim was promptly transported to a nearby military medical facility and the five detainees taken to a secured location for further questioning.

(Based on a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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