BAGHDAD (Dispatches) – The UK Embassy in Iraq’s capital Baghdad said that an improvised explosive device (IED) attack against British diplomatic vehicles had occurred earlier in the day, Reuters reported.
The blast took place in al-Qadsiya neighborhood in the west of the heavily fortified Green Zone, the ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, without giving more details.
Unidentified militant groups frequently attack convoys delivering supplies for U.S.-led troops in Iraq, Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops across Iraq and the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone.
Earlier on Tuesday, two Katyusha rockets fell in the Iraqi capital, targeting the so-called green zone, Security Media Cell said in a statement.
"Two Katyusha rockets landed in the green zone when hitting the area at 01:00 a.m. on Tuesday [22:00 GMT on Monday]. The C-RAM air defense system responded to the attack, and no losses or material damage occurred as a result,” the Security Media Cell said in a statement, as quoted by Al Sumaria.
The strike reportedly targeted the U.S. Embassy. The Baghdad green zone, which hosts Iraqi government facilities and foreign diplomatic missions, frequently suffers from rocket attacks.
The rockets were fired from the Ali Saleh district, located in the Iraqi capital, the service added.
On Jan. 5, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution that requires the government to end the presence of foreign forces, especially the U.S., in the country.
The parliament resolution came after a U.S. drone struck a convoy of vehicles at Baghdad airport on Jan. 3, assassinating Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq’s Hashd Shaabi popular forces.
Britain is part of a U.S.-led coalition.