Iraqi officials say rockets land in Iraq, not Kuwait

Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:12am GMT

By Aref Mohammed

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Three rockets fired in Iraq's southern oil port city of Basra landed inside Iraq and were not aimed at Kuwait or the disputed Mubarak port, an Iraqi official said on Friday.

Ali al-Maliki, head of the Basra provincial council's security committee, said the rockets were aimed at the former U.S. prison camp Bucca and had a range of only one kilometre.

"The rockets targeted the (former) Bucca prison building, which is used by foreign companies," Maliki told Reuters.

"Security forces managed to seize the vehicle which was used to launch the rockets."

Basra police spokesman Colonel Kareem al-Zaidi also denied any rockets had been fired at Kuwait's Mubarak port.

Iraq has voiced anger over the $1.1 billion (673.4 million pounds) port being built by Kuwait on Bubiyan Island, saying it interferes with shipping lanes to its own ports.

Shi'ite militia in southern Iraq warned earlier this year they would attack Kuwait if it insisted on building the port.

Maliki said it was unclear who was behind the firing of the rockets and said an investigation had been launched.   Continued...

Iraqi policemen inspect the site of a bomb attack in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) south of Baghdad August 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Stringer
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