BAGHDAD (AP) — A Katyusha rocket landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Wednesday, the Iraqi military said, a day after a British Embassy convoy was targetted on a key highway in the city.
There were no casualties and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack — the latest in near-daily rocket assaults targeting the Green Zone and Iraqi army bases hosting United States (US) troops. The attacks have raised security concerns about armed groups outside of the state’s control.
The Green Zone is the seat of Iraq’s government and home to several foreign embassies, including the US Embassy. The rocket hit near a residential building in the al-Qadisiya complex but caused no damages.
An Iraqi security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media, said the building was empty at the time of the attack. The military statement said the rocket was launched from the nearby Amel neighbourhood.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has promised to reign in armed groups acting outside of the state’s authority. The attacks surged after al-Kadhimi travelled to the US last month to conclude strategic talks, putting pressure on his administration.
The British convoy was targetted on a Baghdad highway close to the Umm al-Tabool Mosque, between the airport and the Green Zone, a strategic road often used by diplomatic missions.