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Iraqis attack 101st Airborne's camp in northern Kuwait; 10 reported wounded<BR>

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KUWAIT CITY — Iraqi troops attacked a 101st Airborne Division camp in Kuwait early Sunday with grenades and small arms fire, wounding 10 soldiers, six seriously, U.S. military officials said.

"From our reports it appears that terrorists penetrated Camp Pennsylvania, one or more terrorists threw two hand grenades into a tent," said George Heath, spokesman at Fort Campbell, Ky., home base of the 101st.

The injured were rushed to a field hospital but military officials had no word on their conditions, Lt. Cmdr. Charles Owens said from Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar. Their names were not released.

"As of right now, we have 10 soldiers from the 101st that were transported by helicopter to a hospital facility," said Sgt. Scott Whittington, spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait City.

The attack happened at a rear base camp of the 101st, near the Iraqi border, U.S. military officials said.

Jim Lacey, a correspondent for Time magazine, told CNN that he was about 20 yards away when explosions went off at what he said were two tents that housed division leadership.

"The people who did it ran off into the darkness," he said.

He said he interviewed an Army major who was sitting outside the tent. "He said he saw the grenade roll by him," Lacey said.

After the attack, troops fanned out around the compound to find the perpetrators, Lacey said.

The military did not identify the unit of the 101st that was in the camp but said it had been in Kuwait for about one week. Most of the division has entered southern Iraq.


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