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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
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October 20, 2004
Release Number: 04-10-54


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DETAINEE DIES AT CAMP BUCCA

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq - A security internee died Tuesday evening, Oct. 19, of unknown causes at Camp Bucca, near the Iraqi town of Umm Qasr. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.

Detainees notified the guards at approximately 4:20 p.m. that the individual was suffering a medical problem, carrying him to the gate for medical care. Guards immediately notified medics, who performed emergency life-saving measures at the scene, including CPR, and transported him to the detainee medical facility at the camp. He was pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m. by an attending physician.

The deceased is a 26-year-old male, who had been held as a security internee at Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca since November 2003. He was not being treated for any medical conditions at the time of his death.

An investigation was initiated to determine the precise cause of death, which is standing procedure for all detainees who die while in custody of MNF-I.

Upon completion of the autopsy, the remains will be turned over to the International Committee of the Red Cross for transfer to the Iraqi government and the family of the deceased.

Camp Bucca currently detains 3,900 security internees, while the Abu Ghraib facility detains about 1,370.

TEXT PROVIDED BY TASK FORCE 134, DETAINEE OPERATONS. For more information, please contact LTC BARRY JOHNSON AT BARRY.JOHNSON@VCMAIN.HQ.C5.ARMY.MIL OR (914)360-3495.






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