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IED Blast Kills Marine; More Weapons Seized

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2005 – A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, died from injuries received when an improvised explosive device May 7 detonated today.

The incident occurred during combat operations in Al Karmah, Iraq.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.

Elsewhere in Iraq today, Task Force Liberty soldiers chased and stopped a vehicle outside a coalition forces base in Tikrit. The vehicle was loaded with artillery rounds and wired as a vehicle-borne IED.

Security personnel on the base had identified the vehicle as a potential VBIED when it repeatedly drove past coalition checkpoints.

A quick-reaction force from 3rd Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment, with support from Iraqi police, pursued the vehicle and trapped it in an alley. The driver fled the vehicle and escaped.

Task force explosive ordnance disposal personnel detonated the vehicle where the driver left it.

No task force soldiers or Iraqi police were injured in the incident. In northern Iraq, multinational forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained four suspected terrorists and seized a number of weapons during operations May 6 and today, officials reported.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, detained four individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon-and-search operation in northeastern Mosul today.

Suspects are in custody with no MNF injuries reported.

Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, seized a weapons cache during a search operation west of Tal Afar. The cache seized May 6 included a mortar round, eight mortar fuses and other mortar firing parts. Weapons were confiscated for future destruction.

In Afghanistan, an Afghan farmer near Lashkar Gah reported an IED discovery along a busy local road to a provincial reconstruction team base May 5, according to officials.

The device consisted of two 1-gallon-sized cans filled with explosives and was reportedly designed to detonate via a remote-control device.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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