Five killed, two wounded in rocket attack near Baghdad International Airport

PM Kadhimi orders investigation, arrests

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said on Monday (September 28) that five people were killed and two others were wounded when two Katyusha rockets landed on a house in Baghdad’s Radhwaniyah district near Baghdad International Airport.

They were fired from al-Jihad neighborhood, the statement said.

The victims included two women and three children killed, according to Reuters. Two children were wounded.

Rocket attacks on the airport and the Green Zone are widely blamed on militias within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), specifically those with close ties to Iran.

Over the weekend, reports emerged that the US is considering shuttering its embassy in Baghdad in response to the attacks.

“At a time when the government and security forces are doing their utmost to protect the interests of citizens, extend the law, and support stability, criminal gangs and outlaw groups are ready to practice their atrocities and commit crimes against citizens with the aim of creating chaos and terrorizing the people,” the Joint Operations Command statement said.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered an investigation and for the security forces to arrest the perpetrators, saying that anyone who “allows such security breaches will be punished.”

Earlier on Monday, the Head of the Council of Representatives’ Security and Defense Committee Muhammad Ridha told the state-owned Iraqi News Agency that Kadhimi ordered the formation of a committee to investigate the recent rocket attacks.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated on September 29 at 7:39 a.m. EBL