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Three Detainees Escape From Abu Ghraib

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2005 – Iraqi and coalition forces are searching for three detainees who escaped from the Abu Ghraib theater internment facility near Baghdad, Iraq, before sunrise today.

At about 5:50 a.m., during a normal headcount, prison guards discovered three detainees missing.

A quick-reaction force conducted a comprehensive search of the interior and exterior perimeter of the prison facility and alerted Iraqi security forces and police and other coalition forces. The search revealed two holes in the compound's fence, but the detainees were not found, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported.

All other Abu Ghraib detainees were accounted for.

Elsewhere, Operation New Market continues in Anbar province, where U.S. Marines and sailors and Iraqi security forces have been searching buildings and businesses in Haditha, trying to locate terrorists, weapons and ammunition caches. More than 1,000 Marines and sailors are participating in the operation. They have established checkpoints in and around Haditha to prevent insurgents from leaving. They found one weapons cache, consisting of a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, a machine gun and ammunition buried in a palm grove north of the city.

On May 25, insurgents attacked Marines and Iraqi forces with small-arms fire in the central part of the city. Six insurgents were killed in the engagement and two Marines were wounded. Locals identified one killed attacker as an imam, who reportedly fired on the Marines and Iraqi forces with an AK-47 assault rifle.

In other developments today:

An Iraqi child was killed as insurgents and multinational forces exchanged fire during an engagement in northern Iraq.

Task Force Liberty soldiers discovered two weapons caches at separate sites southwest of Bayji. The caches included 30 155 mm artillery rounds and 20 155 mm rounds.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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