Two civilians wounded in rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone

Baku, January 14, AZERTAC

At least four rockets targeted the United States Embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, wounding two civilians, according to two Iraqi security officials, AlJazeera reports.

Three of the missiles struck within the perimeter of the US Embassy on Thursday, the officials said. Another hit a school located in a nearby residential complex, injuring a woman and a girl. The school was in the al-Qadisiyah residential complex near the diplomatic facility.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

An Iraqi military statement said the rockets had been launched from the Dora neighbourhood of Baghdad.

In a statement, the US Embassy in Baghdad said its compound had been attacked by “terrorist groups attempting to undermine Iraq’s security, sovereignty, and international relations.” The embassy’s C-RAM defence system – supposed to detect and destroy incoming rockets, artillery and mortar shells – was heard during the attack.

The Green Zone hosts most foreign diplomatic missions, including the US Embassy and the premier’s house.

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