Grenades hurled at occupying troops

One US soldier was killed in a grenade attack on a forces post in western Iraq on Saturday, Aljazeera reported.

    Occupying troops face daily attacks

    Eyewitnesses said that the attack in Heet, 180 kilometres west of Baghdad, had also wounded another soldier.  

    One witness added that the US troops retreated from their position outside the local police station.

    The attack came during another day of violence that saw the occupying armies sustain casualties across the country.

    Six US soldiers were injured when their armoured vehicle came under fire from rocket propelled grenades in Mosul, eywitnesses told Aljazeera.

    In Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, four more US soldiers were wounded in a mortar attack on their base outside the former president's palace.

    Aljazeera's correspondent also reported a US fighter plane strike against what appeared to be a civilian vehicle north of the town.

    An eyewitness said the target was completely destroyed but only after its occupants had fled.

    Basra flares up

    British troops in riot gear

    deployed in Basra on Saturday morning to quell spreading disturbances

    sparked by shortages of petrol and power in Iraq's second city,

    a British military spokesman said.


    "We are taking measures to control the crowd."

    British Army spokesman


    Witnesses said angry Iraqis threw stones, attacked cars

    registered in nearby Kuwait and burned tyres. Several streets

    and main roads leading into the city were cut as black smoke

    rose from the fires.

    British forces fired into the air to keep back a crowd at

    one petrol station, they said.

    The army spokesman said violence broke out outside at least

    four petrol stations but he could not confirm that soldiers

    opened fire.

    "We are taking measures to control the crowd," he told

    Reuters. "We are doing our best to bring about a normalisation

    of the situation."

    Clerics appeal for calm

    Shia Muslim clerics were at the main flashpoint, a petrol

    station at Saad Square, trying in vain to convince a crowd of

    hundreds to stop hurling stones at the troops, witnesses said.

    The spokesman said British officers were in contact with

    local authorities to contain the situation.

    Hundreds of people also marched to the headquarters of the

    British forces - once a palace for the deposed Saddam Hussein

    - where they demanded the restoration of power and petrol

    supplies, witnesses said.

    Stones were thrown at the guards.

    About 10,000 British soldiers have been policing large

    swathes of southern Iraq since the US-British invasion in

    March forced Saddam into hiding and destroyed his government.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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