Military revises account of how 10 Marines died
From Mike Mount
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An insurgent homemade bomb that killed 10 Marines and wounded 11 others last week in Iraq was triggered as troops were leaving a promotion ceremony, Marine Corps officials said Tuesday.
Military officials originally said the Marines died December 1 while on foot patrol near the restive city of Falluja in western Iraq.
Misreporting up the chain of command led to the incorrect reporting of the location to the media, Marine officials said
Officials determined the blast went off at an abandoned flour factory used by the Marines as an outpost. It's believed one of the Marines stepped on a pressure plate, setting off the explosion, officials said. (Marines identified)
Two of the Marines killed -- from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force -- had been promoted at the ceremony. The area around the abandoned factory had been swept for explosives before the company commander's arrival.
The bomb was believed to have been made up of at least four artillery shells.
No suspects have been picked up in connection with the blast, Marine officials said, and the investigation is ongoing.
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