May 15, 2006

Mortar attack on British base in Iraq wounds four

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Suspected insurgents fired about 30
to 40 mortar bombs at a British base in southern Iraq on
Monday, wounding four soldiers, the British military said.

Captain Kelly Goodall said the attack on the Abu Naji base
near the city of Amara, 365 km (230 miles) southeast of
Baghdad, occurred before dawn.

The attack caused no damage to the base, Goodall told
Reuters. No other information was immediately available.

On Saturday, two British soldiers were killed by a roadside
bomb in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

Britain has about 8,000 soldiers in Iraq, mostly deployed
in the Shi'ite Muslim south. A total of 111 members of the
British forces have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003
U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

Insurgents draw support from the country's Sunni Arab
minority, once dominant under Saddam.

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl, writing by Ibon Villelabeitia,
editing by Ralph Gowling)