Monday, May 21, 2007

Five Iraqi Hostages Freed

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Five Iraqis who were held captive and tortured by
terrorists were freed Monday morning during a Coalition Forces raid on
the site where they were imprisoned.

Coalition Forces targeted the building northeast of Karmah during
continued operations to disrupt the al-Qaeda network operating in the
area. After a thorough search of the building, ground forces found a
padlocked room. Inside were four men and a boy who had been kidnapped
and severely beaten with chains, cables and hoses. The four captives
also showed signs of torture, and the boy stated the terrorists had
hooked electrical wires to his tongue and shocked him.

Coalition Forces evacuated the five individuals and provided
treatment for their injuries. The hostages indicated their captors were
foreign fighters who spoke with different accents. The hostages, who
are from different tribes, will be turned over to their respective
tribal leaders for repatriation.

“The brutality and viciousness of these acts demonstrate the
complete disregard terrorists have for human life,” said Lt. Col.
Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “We will continue to hunt
foreign fighters who bring this violence into Iraq.”

Source MNF-Iraq.

h/t to My Pet Jawa

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