From BBC "As well as being the main logistics base for the British-controlled area of Iraq, the Shaibah site also has a British field hospital, which has been visited by Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon. "
Be the last time Hoon et al visit if it is dangerous
British troops wounded in Basra blast
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - An explosion at the entrance to a logistics base in British-controlled southern Iraq has wounded several British soldiers and Iraqi civilians, a British military spokesman says.
The attack occurred during Thursday afternoon at an entrance to the Shaibah logistics base about 10 km (6 miles) west of Basra, Iraq's second largest city, in the far south of Iraq.
"An explosion occurred near the entrance to the Shaibah logistics base," the spokesman said. "Several Iraqi civilians and UK military personnel have suffered injuries and are being treated at a British military hospital."
A group led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said in an Internet statement it was behind what it called a suicide attack to avenge alleged abuse by British soldiers of Iraqi prisoners.
"Three lions from the martyrs' brigade of al Qaeda Organisation of Holy War in Iraq attacked the base for British occupation forces in Shaibah area in Basra. This operation is in response to the harm inflicted by British occupation forces on our brothers in prison," the statement said.
The group, which has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in Iraq, vowed in the statement to continue its "holy war".
Three British soldiers, Corporal Daniel Kenyon and lance corporals Darren Larkin and Mark Cooley, are accused of abusing Iraqi detainees and face a variety of charges including battery, indecency and disgraceful conduct.
Photos which emerged during their military trial on Tuesday showed naked Iraqi men apparently forced to simulate sex and evoked the scandal involving U.S. soldiers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.
Attacks on British bases in Basra are common, with insurgents frequently firing mortars at camps in the city.
Britain has around 9,000 troops based in southern Iraq, mostly in Basra, where many Iraqi civilians are employed at the British military's bases.
Nine British Troops Hurt In Base Blast
Nine British soldiers have been injured in what a group claims to have been a revenge suicide attack for the alleged prisoner abuse by UK troops.The troops, plus a number of Iraqi civilians, needed hospital treatment following the blast at an entrance to a compound in Shaibah, 20 miles south west of Basra.
The British soldiers were from the Second Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.
An MoD spokesman said none was seriously injured.
The spokesman could not confirm the number of Iraqi civilians injured in the attack or the severity of their injuries.
On a website a group claiming al Qaeda affiliation alleged it carried out the attack in retaliation for British abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
Three British soldiers are on trial at a British base in Germany for allegedly abusing Iraqi prisoners in May 2003.
Pictures showing prisoners being sexually abused and humiliated by British troops have been shown around the world.
Tony Blair has twice visited the Shaibah base - a sprawling compound surrounded by bleak desert landscape".
Let's hope that this is correct and there are no serious injuries.