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Accident Claims Marine; Troops Nab Insurgents, Free Kidnap Victims

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2006 – A Marine assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group died in a motor vehicle accident yesterday in Iraq's Anbar province, military officials reported, and tips from Iraqi citizens continue to result in captured insurgents and weapons.

The death was not a result of enemy action, officials said. The Marine's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, a tip from an Iraqi motorist led to the capture of a kidnapper and the freeing of a woman and her four children April 13, officials in Tikrit said. The motorist stopped at a checkpoint and told soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, that a man in a vehicle behind him had kidnapped a family.

The Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers identified the kidnapper's vehicle and detained the suspect and freed the kidnap victims. The suspect was turned over to the local police.

Also on April 13, three suspected insurgents, including two believed to be part of a document forging operation, were captured during a Task Force Band of Brothers raid in Samarra.

An Iraqi civilian provided soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, information about the insurgents' locations. The two suspected forgers were found at a house where soldiers seized $2,050 in U.S. currency, more than 500,000 Iraqi dinars, 125 various forms of identification, fake stamps for the IDs and an AK-47 assault rifle.

In the Baghdad area, joint patrolling U.S. and Iraqi soldiers captured a wanted terrorist in western Baghdad April 13.

The Iraqi soldiers are members of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Iraqi Army Division. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad's 1st Battalion, 66th Armor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

While searching an abandoned house, members of the patrol noticed three suspicious men atop a building suspected to be an insurgent stronghold. Realizing they had been seen, the men fled. The patrol gave chase and captured two men, one of whom has alleged links to recent terrorist attacks. A third man surrendered as the Iraqi soldiers were detaining the others.

A vehicle approached while the soldiers surrounded the building, and when the driver saw the other three suspects in custody, he tried to flee. An Iraqi soldier stopped the vehicle with a warning shot, and the two vehicle occupants were detained for questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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