Iraqi Opposition Group Claims Rocket Attack on Presidential Palace
An Iraqi dissident group says its guerrillas bombarded President Saddam Hussein's Baghdad palace and other government buildings with rockets early Wednesday.
However, the claim could not be independently verified, according to the Associated Press, citing a statement.
Issued in Beirut, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq’s statement said its forces fired 16 Katyusha rockets at Baghdad targets.
It claimed that four rockets struck the presidential palace in Karradah and four hit the radio and television building in the Salhiya neighborhood. Four more rockets struck the general intelligence headquarters in Mansour district and another four hit the residential compound for cabinet ministers in Qadissiya.
The attack was in retaliation for the "fascist practices carried out by the regime in Baghdad, its terrorizing of the Iraqi people and its repeated aggression against the religious authorities," the statement said.
However, Al Jazeera satellite TV channel reported that four explosions rocked the Iraqi capital overnight Wednesday, damaging residential buildings and other properties, leaving one person injured as a wall collapsed.
The TV channel ran footage of damaged homes.
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