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CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — One soldier was killed and at least 20 other people were wounded Tuesday after a rocket hit a plaza near the post exchange on Camp Liberty, according to military officials here.

The 120 mm rocket hit at about 6:30 p.m. and caused schrapnel injuries ranging from minor cuts and broken bones to abdominal wounds, according to officials with the 256th Brigade Combat Team, which occupies the piece of Camp Liberty called Tigerland in Baghdad.

“We had people coming out of the woodwork to help,” said Sgt. Joy Smith, who works at brigade headquarters. “That’s what we’re trained for.”

The soldier who died was not with the brigade, although no further information was available Wednesday afternoon.

The injured included soldiers, contract workers and Iraqis who work at the military base, Smith said.

Officials said six injured soldiers were from the 256th, a National Guard brigade made up primarily of soldiers from Louisiana.

The rocket hit on the patio-style plaza just outside a line of shops, officials said.

It was at least the second rocket attack at the base in four days. Another hit a different part of Camp Victory on Sunday, witnesses said. There were no serious injuries reported in that incident.

“They’re aiming at some of the main targets on base,” said Smith.

While some soldiers and military officials think insurgents have the capability to target specific locations, many others say the mortar or rocket attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq are essentially launched blindly in the hopes of hitting something important.

The PX complex closed early Tuesday night after the attack. The PX, however, reopened Wednesday, officials said.


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