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Insurgents Attack Abu Ghraib Prison, Kill Detainee

American Forces Press Service

ABU GHRAIB, Iraq, Sept. 21, 2004 – Anti-Iraqi forces attacked the Abu Ghraib prison complex late tonight with mortars and heavy machine-gun fire that left one Iraqi detainee dead. No other injuries resulted from the attack.

The detainee died from a gunshot wound received when the insurgents fired into the compound. He was pronounced dead after being taken to the emergency room of the detainee hospital located within the complex. Family notification will be made through the interim Iraqi government.

A mortar attack on the prison earlier today resulted in no injuries or significant damage.

On Sept. 12, a coordinated attack on the Abu Ghraib complex with mortars and an explosives-laden vehicle ended with the death of one insurgent when the vehicle exploded after being engaged by Multinational Force Iraq forces. Seven other anti-Iraqi forces were captured. On Sept. 17, more than 20 mortar shells struck inside the complex with no injuries or significant damage.

The most serious attack on the facility occurred April 20, when mortars left 22 Iraqi detainees dead and more than 100 injured.

(Courtesy of Multinational Force Iraq.)

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