Insurgents fired rockets at a government building in southern Iraq (search) early Monday, but instead struck nearby homes, wounding eight people, police said.

The attacks that occurred shortly after midnight were directed at the province's main offices near the center of the city.

The insurgents "missed and hit nearby homes instead," said Capt. Mushtaq Khaled of the Basra Police (search).

The condition of the wounded was not immediately known.