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Detainee Dies of Apparent Natural Causes

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2005 – A security detainee died Jan. 5 at the Camp Bucca internment facility in Iraq of what appears to be natural causes, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced.

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.

Detainees notified the guards at about 2:40 p.m. on the day of the incident that the individual appeared to be suffering a medical problem, officials said. A medic immediately provided life-saving first aid for what appeared to be cardiac arrest.

The detainee was immediately transferred to the Internment Facility Aid Station, where the medical staff continued life-saving measures, which failed to revive him. An attending physician pronounced the detainee dead shortly after 3 p.m. at the aid station.

The deceased is a 31-year-old male, who had been held as an internee since August 2004 as a threat to the security of Iraq. He was not being treated for any medical conditions.

An investigation was initiated to determine the precise cause of death, which is standing procedure for all detainees who die while in custody of the Multinational Force.

Upon completion of the autopsy, officials said the remains will be transferred to the Iraqi government and returned to the family.

(Compiled from a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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