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May 10, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-15


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MARINE PATROL SAVES CHILD FROM IED

CAMP TAQQADUM, Iraq - A Marine patrol near Husaybah took note of a child playing with an unusual object May 5.

The object looked like it could be part of an improvised explosive device.

The Marines quickly moved the child away to a safe distance and secured the area. Marines found the object to be an anti-personnel mine rigged as an IED buried in the ground.

The patrol coordinated for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to dispose of the mine. It was detonated in-place later in the day. Unit officials said the Marines' "excellent attention to detail" prevented the loss of lives and equipment.

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