Rocket hits peacekeepers base in Kabul.

A peacekeeper in the Afghan capital was slightly injured Tuesday by a rocket fired into the international force's main base, a spokesman for the troops said.

The rocket hit at about 9:35 a.m. local time inside the International Security Assistance Force's Camp Warehouse in eastern Kabul, Canadian Capt. Bernard Dionne said.

"We suspect a rocket," Dionne said, though he added troops were still investigating.

Kabul's deputy police chief, Khalil Aminzada, also said it was a rocket attack.

The injured soldier was "doing just fine," Dionne said.

Neither the soldier's name nor nationality were available.

After the attack, reporters saw troops driving toward a village near the base as helicopters circled overhead.

Rockets are regularly fired into Kabul, sometimes slamming into homes, but rarely cause major damage or injury. Last year, a barrage on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks slightly injured a Canadian contractor in Camp Warehouse.

This year, soldiers from the NATO-led force have defused a series of homemade bombs along the Jalalabad Road, where Camp Warehouse and several other ISAF and U.S. military bases are located.

In January, one Canadian and one British soldier in the force were killed in suicide attacks on consecutive days.

The 6,000-strong force currently patrols Kabul and one northern city, but is expected to fan out across the north to help provide security for planned September elections.

[Source: Associated Press, Kabul, Afg, 11May04]

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