BAGHDAD: At least three Katyusha rockets struck an Iraqi military airbase in Salahudin province, a security source said. The incident took place on Wednesday evening when the rockets landed on the Balad Air Base, some 90 km north of Baghdad, without immediate reports about the casualties, Mohammed al-Bazi, from the provincial police, told Xinhua news agency. Two of the rockets hit a building inside the airbase, leaving minor damages, al-Bazi said, adding that the rockets were fired from the neighbouring province of Diyala.
Balad, which houses Iraqi F-16 fighters and a camp for some US experts for the jets, is the largest military airbase in Iraq. The US troops and experts withdrew previously from the airbase after their camp came under a series of rocket attacks by unidentified militias. (IANS)