British soldiers hurt in attack on Basra base

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Six British soldiers were wounded in attacks on their base in southern Iraq last night, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today.

The Basra Palace camp in Basra city came under fire from a mixture of mortars, rockets and small arms three times yesterday evening.

In the attacks, one soldier was seriously wounded and five others sustained minor injuries.

Four of the injured troops were evacuated to the field hospital at the Contingency Operating Base in Basra, and the other two were treated in their base, the MoD said.

Two British soldiers suffered minor injuries when their patrol came under attack in the Al Ashshar area of Basra province on Wednesday.