Three contractors killed in Green Zone rocket attack

Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 23:43

Baghdad: Three security contractors working
for the US government were killed in a rocket attack on
Baghdad`s heavily-fortified Green Zone on Thursday, the American
embassy said.

Three other people were killed in incidents in northern
Iraq`s main city of Mosul and the former rebel bastion of
Fallujah, west of Baghdad, security officials added.

"Two Ugandans and one Peruvian were killed and 15 people
injured" by "a rocket fired into the International Zone," the
embassy said, using another name for the Green Zone in central
Baghdad.

"Two of the injured were American citizens," it said in a
statement. "All the dead and injured worked for a US
government security contractor which protects US government
facilities in Iraq."

The Green Zone, which houses the US and several other
major embassies as well as Iraqi government buildings, is
still the target of frequent rocket and mortar attacks.

US forces handed full responsibility for the "entry
control points" that regulate movement into and out of the
area over to Iraqi authorities on June 1, 2010.

The transfer was part of an American military drawdown in
Iraq that will see all but 50,000 US soldiers leave the
country by the end of August.

In the restive city of Mosul on Thursday, gunmen killed
two people and wounded two others in separate attacks. Sheikh
Abd Fathi al-Naimi, the Sunni prayer leader of Al-Areej
mosque, was killed in the city`s Zinjili area.

Mosul has remained a hotbed of insurgent activity even as
levels of political violence have fallen off in much of the
rest of the country.

And in Fallujah, a policeman was killed and a civilian
wounded when a magnetic "sticky bomb" affixed to the
policeman`s car detonated, a police official said.

Three Iraqi soldiers were also wounded by a roadside bomb
that targeted a four-vehicle patrol in Garma, east of
Fallujah, said provincial security official Major Yassin
Mohammed.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 23:43

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