US base attacked in Kirkuk as three Georgian troops wounded

Published June 3rd, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

A rocket hit a U.S. base in Kirkuk, touching off a fire at an ammunition dump that triggered massive blasts and forced the evacuation of a detention center, the U.S. military said Thursday. No one was injured in this incident.  


The attack took place at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at an airport base in Kirkuk, said Maj. Neal E. O'Brien of the 1st Infantry Division.  


Elsewhere, three Georgian soldiers were injured by mortar rounds in Iraq on Thursday, Defense Ministry representative Irakly Chikovani said.  


The three suffered light injuries after being hit by mortar mine fragments. They were given medical aid and returned to their unit, Interfax reported.  


This marks the second time Georgian troops have been injured in Iraq. A number of servicemen received burns in a vehicle explosion several months ago. (

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