A rocket was fired in Iraqi capital Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, where government buildings and foreign embassies are located, Iraqi military announced hours ago.
Reuters quoted diplomatic sources that the blast was heard in central Baghdad on Sunday night, when a Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any losses.
The Katyusha multiple rocket launcher is an inexpensive type of rocket artillery that can deliver explosives to a target quicker than conventional artillery, but is less accurate.
Police were ordering patrols to rush to the Mohammed al-Qasim highway in eastern Baghdad in search of any suspicious vehicles spotted that may be carrying rocket launchers after they received a tip that the rocket had been fired from inside a truck, a police source told Reuters.
The US embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Erbil evacuated non-emergency staff this week.