4 U.S. Soldiers Were Abducted in Karbala Attack

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LOCUST FORK, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama soldier was among four US
soldiers abducted and killed during a sneak attack in the Shiite holy city of Karbala in Iraq.

But the military apparently did not tell his wife and family about the abduction at first.

Army Private Johnathon M. Millican's family and friends initially understood from the military that the troops died in an ambush.

The Pentagon said Friday the four actually were abducted in a sophisticated attack and then killed. Their bodies were found about 25 miles away.

Linda Hill, a close family friend, said 20-year-old Millican, a 2005 graduate of Locust Fork High School, was talking to his wife, Shannon, from Iraq by Web cam last Saturday. Shannon said she heard someone yell "run" and he disappeared. A casualty officer later came and told her Millican had been killed.

All four soldiers were with the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, of Fort Richardson, Alaska.

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