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US warplanes bomb Iraq’s Basra airport

Press Trust of India

Posted: Sep 27, 2002 at 1049 hrs IST

US warplanes attacked the Basra airport in southern Iraq on Wednesday night, destroying its radar system, state satellite television reported on Thursday, quoting an official spokesman.

The United States and Britain said their aircraft bombed a military radar site in Basra.

"US ravens of evil carried out another aggression at 00:45 am local time (0215 hrs IST), targeting Basra International Airport," Iraqi television quoted the spokesman as saying.

The raid "destroyed the (airport's) civilian radar system in addition to causing damage to its main building," said the spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

He branded the raid a "terrorist act that contradicts the spirit and objectives of the international Air transport association."

"The civilian radar system destroyed by the American enemy" was operating in line with international rules, the spokesman insisted.

He called on relevant international bodies to "assume their responsibilities in condemning this act which contravenes international law."

An Iraqi military spokesman later said Basra airport had been bombed by "enemy warplanes" but did not say that the radar was destroyed.

"The US administration and its British subordinate added a new crime to their record, which is stained with the blood of innocent Iraqis,” said the spokesman, quoted by the official INA news agency.

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