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Bloodied U.S. uniforms found in Iraqi hospital

Fatigues thought to be those of ambushed Army unit

From Mike Mount

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Bloodied U.S. battle fatigues believed to be those of some of an ambushed Army maintenance unit were found hidden in a hospital in Nasiriya, Iraq, a Pentagon official said.

The uniforms, found by U.S. troops who took over the hospital, appeared to have had their name tags and flag patches ripped off, perhaps to hide the identity of their owners, the official said.

The troops also discovered what appeared to be a torture device made of a metal cot and a car battery.

The fatigues were found inside a plastic bag in the same hospital where U.S. troops found Iraqi gas masks, chemical protective suits, guns, ammunition and a tank earlier this week.

The uniforms appear to belong to some of the members of the Army's 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company who were ambushed March 23 in Nasiriya. Two soldiers were known to have been killed. Eight others are missing, and five were taken as prisoners of war.

Officials said they think some of the soldiers were in the hospital after the ambush but do not know how long they might have been there or where they were taken.

Pentagon officials said some remnants appear to be from a woman's uniform. Three of the ambushed soldiers were women; one is known to be a POW.

U.S. forces took the uniforms from the hospital and will send them for forensic testing.

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