16 in military died of electrocutions

Sixteen American service members have died of accidental electrocutions in Iraq, the Defense Department said yesterday, more than the military had previously disclosed. Most of the 11 soldiers and five Marines died during their work, including making accidental contact with power lines or accidents while performing maintenance on electrical systems, the Pentagon said. But two died in their living facilities, including at least one soldier who was electrocuted while he took a shower. The disclosure was made after William Utt, KBR Inc. chief executive, met with Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, on Capitol Hill to discuss allegations that soldiers died of electrocutions caused by faulty wiring at US facilities run by the contractor. (AP)

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