BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) # Seven U.S. troops under Iraqi control were released to a Marine unit Sunday north of Baghdad after Iraqi officers abandoned their posts, according to CNN’s Bob Franken, who is embedded with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Two of the troops suffered from gunshot wounds, sources said, although it was not clear when they were wounded.
Sources said junior Iraqi guards took the captured U.S. troops to a light U.S. Marine armored unit north of Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
The seven Americans were being taken to a field hospital about 65 miles south Baghdad and then flown to Kuwait for further medical testing and debriefing.
Gen. Tommy Franks, commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday that “six or seven” U.S. troops, previously listed as missing, were found in Iraq and are apparently in “good shape.”
It was not clear whether the troops were listed as prisoners of war or missing in action, Franks said. They are in U.S. military custody, he said.
“This is very good news,” Franks said. “In the hours ahead, we’ll get better definition.”
Officially, the Pentagon lists seven American POWs # five members of a U.S. Army maintenance convoy that was ambushed March 23 and the pilots of an Apache helicopter that was shot down March 24. Six others are listed as missing in action.