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Officials Count 22 Dead, 72 Wounded in Mosul Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2004 – Military officials in Iraq today released casualty figures from the Dec. 21 explosion at a dining facility at Forward Operating Base Marez in southwest Mosul. Twenty-two people died, and another 72 were wounded in the attack.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

Officials said 14 of the 22 killed were U.S. military servicemembers. Four U.S. civilians and four Iraqi security force troops also were killed. Of the 72 wounded, 51 are U.S. servicemembers. The other 21 include U.S. and foreign civilians and Iraqi security force troops.

Twenty-nine of the 51 injured have been released from the hospital, officials said. The names of the soldiers and civilians killed are being withheld pending family notification.

"Task Force Olympia's thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones in yesterday's tragic attack," a military spokesman said in a statement today.

Elsewhere in Iraq, one Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident in the Anbar province Dec. 21.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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