Soldier Killed in Afghanistan; More Persons Detained in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2005 A U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan April 26 when insurgents ambushed his unit on patrol near Deh Rawood, in Uruzgan province.
The soldier was medically evacuated to the forward surgical team in Tarin Kowt, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel. No other coalition or Afghan forces were injured in the ambush.
The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
In Iraq, Task Force Liberty soldiers detained six individuals near ad Dulaiyah during a series of incidents April 26. Soldiers detained the first individual east of ad Dulaiyah after becoming suspicious of his driving. Task force troops found three blasting caps and copper wire in the vehicle during a search.
Information from that individual led soldiers to conduct a raid south of ad Dulaiyah and detain four more suspects, who had detonators, copper wire, rocket-propelled grenades and assault-rifle ammunition. They led soldiers to another house in the area, where a sixth suspect was arrested.
Task Force Liberty soldiers also detained four individuals near Samarra earlier on April 26. The individuals were believed to be involved in an indirect-fire attack on a coalition-force base. Task force troops found the suspected vehicle used in the attack, and detained one individual, who led the combat patrol to a house where three more individuals were detained.
All the detainees were taken to a coalition-forces base for questioning.
(Based on news releases from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan and Multinational Force Iraq.)