- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2003

KUWAIT CITY An attacker threw two hand grenades into the command tent at a U.S. army camp in northern Kuwait early this morning, local time, killing one soldier and injuring 13 persons, the Army said. A U.S. soldier being held for questioning had an "Arabic-sounding" name and recently had been reprimanded, CNN reported.
The grenades rolled into the tent used by officers and senior enlisted personnel of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, at about 1:30 a.m. this morning, according to a statement issued by the U.S. military's Central Command.
Authorities initially said terrorists were believed to be responsible but later announced that an American soldier had been detained and was being questioned.
Military authorities said four of the 14 victims were seriously injured. Others had superficial puncture wounds from shrapnel, a civilian spokesman at the division's home base in Fort Campbell, Ky., told the Associated Press.
The spokesman, George Heath, initially said "it appears that a terrorist penetrated Camp Pennsylvania, [and] one or more terrorists threw two hand grenades into a tent."
However the military later announced that a U.S. soldier assigned to an engineering unit with the 101st Airborne had been found hiding in a bunker and was being questioned by the Army's Criminal Investigation Division. Fox News said the soldier was a Muslim American and that he had been described as "acting strange" before the attack.
U.S. Army spokesman Max Blumenfeld was quoted saying the motive "most likely was resentment."
There was some confusion about the suspect. Mr. Heath told the AP that authorities were questioning two Middle Eastern men who had been hired as contractors at the camp.
The military did not identify the victims or say how many of them were officers.
Mr. Blumenfeld told the French news agency Agence France-Presse that 11 of the wounded had been evacuated to military field hospitals in the region, most of them to Camp Arifjan in southern Kuwait.
Jim Lacey, a Time Magazine correspondent embedded with the military who was sleeping in a neighboring tent, told CNN last night that the Army's Criminal Investigation Division was questioning the soldier.
Mr. Lacey told CNN that he was about 20 yards away when the grenades exploded.
"Somebody did see the person do it but was not able to identify the person at the time," Mr. Lacey said.
"The people who did it ran off into the darkness," he said, adding that one Army major who had been sitting outside one of the tents described seeing the grenade roll past him.
Mr. Lacey said troops fanned out around the compound in search of the attackers.
The initial reports raised questions about how an outsider could have penetrated the camp, which, like all military camps in Kuwait, is under tight security. A review of security measures at the camp was likely.
Camp Pennsylvania is home to the 101st Airborne Division, which comprises roughly 3,000 troops. It is located less than 20 miles south of the Iraqi border. The division, normally based at Fort Campbell, Ky., arrived in Kuwait only about three weeks ago.
There had been three previous attacks on Americans in Kuwait since October. Kuwait was the main launching point for the tens of thousands of ground forces who have entered Iraq.
The 101st Airborne, most of whose 22,000 members are already in Iraq, is a rapid deployment group trained to go anywhere in the world within 36 hours. The last time the entire division was deployed was during the 1991 Persian Gulf war, which began after Iraq invaded neighboring Kuwait.
Most recently, it hunted suspected Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan. Its exploits are followed in Kentucky with much pride.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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