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Soldiers Capture Terrorists Seen Planting Roadside Bomb

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2005 – U.S. soldiers captured nine terrorists July 22 after they were seen placing an improvised explosive device, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

The soldiers saw two vehicles pull to the side of a road north of Forward Operating Base Kalsu. Nine men armed with AK-47 assault rifles got out and began placing an improvised explosive device. The soldiers engaged the men with small arms fire and captured five wounded terrorists. Four others, one of them wounded, fled and were captured by another U.S. patrol. The wounded terrorists were taken to the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. The remaining three are being held for questioning.

The soldiers are from 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 155th Brigade Combat Team. The 155th BCT is a U.S. Army unit assigned to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In other news from Iraq, an Iraqi terrorism suspect captured July 10 died July 22 at the Forward Operating Base Kalsu aid station, officials said. A guard discovered the detainee in his cell, unresponsive and breathing shallowly. The guard immediately summoned medical assistance, and the detainee was taken by ambulance from the detention facility to the aid station, where he later died.

Officials said that while initial indications are no foul play was involved, a thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding the detainee's death. The body will be transferred to the detainee's family upon completion of an autopsy, officials said, noting that this is standing procedure for all detainees who die while in Multinational Force Iraq custody.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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