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Protests continue in Basra

An Iraqi injured during a militant protest on Sunday in the southern city of Basra is being carried away. British troops fired shots in the air as protests over fuel and power shortages continued for the second day.  

BAGHDAD AUG. 10. Scattered protests over fuel shortages and power cuts erupted in the southern city of Basra for a second day today, and a previously unknown Iraqi guerilla group through a videotape threatened to turn Iraq into a "graveyard for villain invaders".

The U.S. forces in Baghdad came under renewed attacks that wounded two soldiers. In Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, two 4th Infantry Division soldiers were wounded with an improvised explosive device. One soldier died of heat stroke.

In Basra, a television crew saw a protester fatality shot after an angry crowd surrounded a group of vehicles. It was unclear who was in the cars or who fired the shots.

About 1,000 residents burned tyres and hurled rocks and bricks at British soldiers on Saturday, complaining of frequent power cuts and black-market fuel prices, British military sources said.

Some protests were seen on Sunday, but no confirmed reports emerged on casualties. In a separate incident British troops came under attack and returned fire.

Power cuts were the result of sabotage. There were long lines at gas stations, and "tempers flared up." British troops were deployed at major gasoline stations "to ensure people get fuel at right price, not black-market price," sources said.

A previously unknown group calling itself the Iraqi Resistance vowed in a statement aired on Al-Jazeera to continue fighting coalition troops in Iraq and said it had no links to Ba'ath party.

"We swear by God, we will make the whole land of Iraq a graveyard to all those villain invaders," said the statement read by one of four armed men wearing red-checked Arab headdresses to mask their faces. Two of the four men held rocket-propelled grenade launchers, two held Kalashnikov automatic rifles.

The U.S. military officials have blamed almost daily attacks on their forces on Mr. Hussein loyalists, Iraqis angered by a foreign occupation and, increasingly, foreign fighters.

In Baghdad, the U.S. military reported on Sunday two rocket-propelled grenade attacks on U.S. forces. There were no casualties in the first attack. In the second attack at the Baghdad University complex, two soldiers and a reporter were wounded, the military said.

Al-Jazeera TV reported one of its cameramen was wounded after the U.S. patrol he was traveling with came under fire at the College of Islamic Sciences.

AP