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Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Search Under Way for Escapee

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2005 – Two soldiers were reported killed in Iraq today due to enemy action, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.

A Task Force Liberty soldier was wounded when a coalition force base near Tikrit was attacked by indirect fire at about 8 p.m. April 15. The soldier, who was evacuated to a coalition medical facility, died later, officials reported.

Near Taji, north of Baghdad, a soldier from the 42nd Military Police Brigade died from wounds received at about 11 a.m. today when an improvised explosive device exploded on a convoy of uparmored vehicles, officials said.

Both soldiers' names are being withheld until the families are notified, officials said.

Meanwhile, all but one detainee who escaped early today from an internment facility in southeastern Iraq have been recaptured, officials said. The search continues for the missing detainee.

U.S. forces found evidence of the escape from the Camp Bucca theater internment facility at about 1:30 this morning, officials said. U.S., coalition and Iraqi security forces quickly conducted a comprehensive search of the camp's interior and exterior perimeter.

The Iraqi security personnel quickly recaptured 10 of the escapees at about 7 a.m., officials said.

The 10 are being held in Al Jameat until they can be returned to Camp Bucca, which is in southeastern Iraq and holds more than 6,000 detainees. All other detainees at Camp Bucca have been accounted for, officials said.

News reports today said Sunni militants seized dozens of Shiite hostages in the central Iraqi town of Madain today. A Defense Ministry official reportedly said at least 70 people had been taken hostage and that Iraqi security forces were surrounding the area, trying to contain the situation.

Iraqi government officials said the militants threatened to kill the hostages unless all Shiites leave the area.

(Based on Multinational Force Iraq press releases.)

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