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Mortar attack wounds 35 US troops as prisoner release is announced

A mortar attack on a US logistics base wounded 35 US soldiers as civilian administrator Paul Bremer announced the imminent release of 100 Iraqi prisoners in a bid to promote reconciliation ahead of a handover of power in six months. About six mortars struck Logistical Base Seitz west of Baghdad in the attack, the military said in a statement. “Thirty five soldiers assigned to the 3rd Corps Support Command were wounded by a mortar attack at approximately 6:45 pm,” the statement said. “I’m told some were lightly wounded and released, and others were more seriously wounded and admitted to hospital,” said Lieutenant Colonel James Cassella, a Pentagon spokesman. The military said they were given first aid and then evacuated from the base for further medical treatment. Full Story

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