Wednesday, 06 February 2008
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20080206-11
February 6, 2008
Hostages found after 15 days in underground prison
Multi-National Division – North PAO
SAMARRA, Iraq – Coalition Force Soldiers, working with intelligence from Iraqi Police in Northern Iraq, liberated two men locked inside a large storage container being used as a subterranean prison in the Al Jazeera desert near Samarra Feb. 4.
Local Iraqi Police were given the information from Sons of Iraq (formerly known as Concerned Local Citizens). The Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, quickly responded from Patrol Base Olsen in Samarra.
Coalition Forces arrived at the prison site and found two men inside the buried container. The hostages, both from Yethrib Village near Balad, were taken from a gas station along with a fuel truck by men in black masks.
“The two individuals told us they were taken because their station didn’t pay Al Qaeda extremist,” said 1st Lt. Todd Baldwin, Company C, 2-327th,
The two men were malnourished and dehydrated, but showed no signs of torture. They were able to move freely inside the container.
After receiving medical attention at Forward Operating Base Brassfield-Mora near Samarra, the men were questioned. They said, while in captivity, there were up to nine other people held prisoner. The two men didn’t know what happened to the others, but mentioned five of them were from a Sons of Iraq group in Bayji.
The informant, who led Coalition Forces to the underground prison, also led Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces to another location where an empty storage container was buried. It is believed to be an old weapons cache.
“Iraqi Police and Sons of Iraq were the driving forces in the rescue of the two men,” said Baldwin. “They provided the human intelligence for us to conduct the rescue operation.”
Click to view image: '149193-04_02_iraq_d.jpg'
In: Iraq, News
Tags: Iraq, war, death, dead, insurgence, insurgency, ied, vbied, army, soldier, IA, Iraq army, coalition, bomb, bombs, explosion, detonation, capture, captive, Al-qaeda, citizen, citizens, concerned, abuse, abusive, kids
Marked as: approved
Views: 7584 | Comments: 3 | Votes: 2 | Favorites: 0 | Shared: 0 | Updates: 0 | Times used in channels: 1
|Liveleak on Facebook|