Erbil airport targeted in Kurdistan rocket attack

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By John Davidson | Reuters

ERBIL – A minimum of three rockets landed close to Erbil Worldwide Airport in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Area of Iraq, wounding three folks, Kurdish Peshmerga sources mentioned on Monday.

An announcement from the Kurdish inside ministry mentioned quite a lot of rockets had been fired in direction of Erbil and its outskirts round 9:30 p.m. native time and a few folks had been wounded, nevertheless it supplied no additional particulars.

Kurdish safety officers mentioned earlier that at the least three mortars had been used in the attack. Preliminary investigation confirmed later that is still of the projectiles that landed in some areas had been from rockets, the officers mentioned.

A Reuters reporter heard a number of blasts and noticed a fireplace blazing for a couple of minutes in the neighborhood of the airport.

One safety official mentioned the overall variety of rockets fired was 5.

It was not instantly clear if a U.S. navy base housing U.S. troops close to the airport was the goal of the attack.

Safety officers mentioned the Erbil airport was shut down and flights had been halted for issues of safety.

One of many shells fell close to a residential space and three folks had been wounded, Kurdish safety officers mentioned.

Video footage broadcast on native tv confirmed broken autos and shattered glass protecting an space the place one mortar shell fell.

No group instantly claimed accountability for the attack.

On Sept. 30, six Katyusha rockets fell close to Erbil airport, an attack which the Iraqi Kurdistan’s counterterrorism service blamed on Iran-backed Iraqi Shi’ite militia teams.