At least eight Katyusha missiles hit the residential buildings in Baghdad's green zone, where the key governmental and diplomatic offices are located. Reuters reported that with the reference to the Iraqi military.
The attackers reportedly aimed at the U.S. Embassy building. Alarm sirens blared instantly; the building of the embassy took insignificant damage. The Iraqi military claimed that a criminal gang was behind the attack.
Most of the missiles hit the residential quarter and the checkpoint inside the green zone. The projectiles also hit the nearby vehicles, and one Iraqi soldier sustained injuries. According to a local security official, the anti-rocket system shot down one of the missiles.
"The U.S. Embassy condemned the attack and urged all Iraqi political and governmental leaders to take steps to prevent such attacks and to hold accountable those responsible", reads the story.
The U.S. government has been blaming the Iran-backed militants for shelling U.S. infrastructure objects in Iraq, including these next to the embassy building in Baghdad. However, no militant group has claimed its responsibility for the attack yet.
In October, several groups of insurgents claimed they suspended the attacks on U.S. objects, demanding that the Iraqi government provide the road map of withdrawal of U.S. forces.
Washington gradually cuts its 5,000-strong military contingent in Iraq; it threatens to shut down its embassy in this country if the Iraqi government fails to take Iran-backed armed gangs under control.