Baghdad: Headquarters of U.S.-led occupation under mortar attack, at least four wounded
Iraqi resistance fighters fired mortars Tuesday night into the "Green Zone," the highly guarded headquarters area of the U.S.-led occupation, injuring at least four people.
Four large blasts could be heard about 7:45 p.m., and smoke could be seen rising from the northern end of the one-square-mile zone near the al-Jamhuriya Bridge over the Tigris River.
At the Pentagon, spokesman Lt. Col. Jim Cassella said four people were injured in the attacks. According to The AP, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that "two projectiles were launched" in central Baghdad and that "there is no damage and no casualties at (coalition) headquarters."
Iraqi police said two rounds landed in the Green Zone.
The zone is a cordoned-off region that includes the former Saddam Hussein palace now used as US occupation headquarters, the Al Rasheed hotel where most U.S. workers have been staying and other buildings.
Tuesday was the second straight night of heavy explosions in the center of Baghdad. About three mortars hit downtown late Monday. U.S. authorities said at least one hit a U.S. Army base but caused no damage or casualties. (Albawaba.com)
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