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Insurgents Attack Red Crescent Building

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2004 – Insurgents in Iraq today destroyed a Red Crescent building in downtown Ramadi, according to military reports from Baghdad.

A U.S. Marine Corps security patrol witnessed the explosion of the Red Crescent building in downtown Ramadi at about 4:30 p.m.

The Marines, part of the 1st Marine Division, reported that they saw four insurgents videotaping the destruction of the community medical facility. The insurgents ran into a nearby Mosque for cover as the patrol approached.

After the explosion, the Marines moved to the building to assist the injured. However, initial reports have indicated if civilians were inside or injured.

The destruction of the Red Crescent building is the third such attack in the last two weeks by the insurgency within the city of Ramadi.

Previous attacks included the Ramadi Agricultural Center on Oct 1. and the Coalition of Iraqi National Unity building on Sept. 29.

(Based on a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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