British Soldiers unhurt in Basra


UK soldiers survive Basra attack
11.10, Mon Mar 26 2007

British soldiers have escaped unhurt after their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in the Iraqi city of Basra.

The improvised explosive device went off as two British Warrior vehicles undertook a patrol north of Basra Palace.

Captain Gary Hedges, a British Army spokesman in the city, said both vehicles were slightly damaged, but no-one was injured.

Warrior fighting vehicles carry a commander, driver gunner and up to seven soldiers and are used for patrols in the most dangerous parts of Iraq.

Capt Hedges said: "There was an explosion north of Basra Palace, a roadside bomb, in which two vehicles had minor damage. They were on routine patrol. No one was injured."

Meanwhile, an indefinite curfew began in Iskandariyah, a mixed Shia-Sunni town 30 miles south of Baghdad after violence flared there.

Iraqi and US forces sealed off a mosque after two people were killed in clashes which followed an attack by suspected Shia militants on a Sunni mosque.

The mosque was slightly damaged by two rocket-propelled grenades fired by the assailants.

The violence came one day after suspected Shia militants attacked a Sunni mosque in the nearby town of Haswa.

Thank god there was no casualties.