Rocket Attack Kills Two GIs in Iraq

A rocket slammed into a U.S. logistics base Wednesday near the city of Balad (search), killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding 26 people, the military said.

Two of the wounded were civilians working on the base, and two others were flown to Baghdad for treatment, according to a statement from the U.S. Army's 13th Corps Support Command (search), which occupies the sprawling base known as Camp Anaconda (search).

At least fourteen of the injured were taken to the U.S. Army's 31st Combat Support Hospital on the base and seven were treated at a separate clinic, according to a military statement.

Air and ground units responded to the attack, the military said. Balad is 50 miles north of Baghdad.

On June 6, a U.S. soldier on the same base was killed and another wounded in a mortar attack. Camp Anaconda was also the scene of a mortar attack last July 4 that wounded 18 U.S. soldiers.

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APTV 06-16-04 1245EDT