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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

May 9, 2005
Release Number: 05-05-07C


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THREE MARINES, ONE SAILOR KILLED IN HADITHAH

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – A number of terrorists were killed May 7 when they used a civilian hospital in Hadithah to conduct an attack on coalition forces.

Three Marines and one Sailor were killed in the engagement.

While responding to small arms fire near the Hadithah Dam, Marines observed civilians running from the Hadithah Hospital. The unit was then attacked by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, which impacted a nearby building, destroying it and causing the hospital to catch fire.

Terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device and fired small-arms and rocket-propelled grenades from inside the hospital. Upon searching the hospital, Marines found fortified firing positions with sand-bagged windows.

The names of the deceased are being held pending notification of next of kin.


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