Four Iraqi soldiers wounded after rockets hit Balad airbase housing US forces, says military

  • Seven mortar bombs fell on Sunday inside Iraq’s Balad air base, which houses US forces

  • Four Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack, two military sources said

  • The military sources said the mortar bombs fell in the base’s runway inside the base

Tikrit: Four people were wounded on Sunday in an attack on Balad air base in northern Iraq which houses US personnel.

The Iraqi military said in a statement that eight Katyusha rockets had been fired at the base, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, and that the four wounded included two officers.

 Military sources identified the wounded as Iraqi soldiers. They had earlier said seven mortar bombs had hit the base’s runway.
There was no word of any casualties among the US forces at the base.

The Iraqi military statement did not say who was behind the attack and made no mention of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, which last Wednesday fired missiles at two military bases in Iraq which house US forces.

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Updated Date: Jan 12, 2020 23:47:57 IST