Monday, September 19, 2005

UK soldiers 'storm' Basra prison


British forces have rescued two UK servicemen who were arrested by Iraqi police in the southern city of Basra.
Official Iraqi sources say British tanks stormed the city's jail in what Basra governor Mohammed al-Waili called a "barbaric act of aggression".

The Ministry of Defence said the release of the men was negotiated. The arrests sparked unrest in which UK tanks came under attack. Reports claimed two Iraqi civilians were killed and three soldiers injured.

Some soldiers were forced to flee after their tanks caught fire

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