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Three kids amongst 5 civilians killed in rocket assault exterior Baghdad airport

Three children among five civilians killed in rocket attack outside Baghdad airport

Two girls and three kids have been killed when two Katyusha rockets struck a residential space close to Baghdad airport on Monday, Iraq’s army has mentioned, in what have been the primary civilian casualties in months from assaults within the metropolis.

The rockets apparently focused the airport however ended up hitting a close-by dwelling, which was utterly destroyed. In addition to the 5 fatalities, two kids have been additionally severely wounded within the assault.

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The strike got here from the Iraqi capital’s al-Jihad neighborhood, the army mentioned in a press release. It described the incident as a “cowardly crime” by “gangs” seeking to sow chaos and to terrorize the inhabitants.

Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi has ordered that those that fired the rockets be dropped at justice, the assertion learn.

Rocket assaults have intensified in Iraq in current weeks, concentrating on the US embassy in Baghdad, American troops and the airport.

Washington has blamed Shia militias with hyperlinks to Iran, who’ve intensified their actions after Tehran’s prime army commander, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in a US drone strike exterior Baghdad airport in January.

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