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Rocket hits Turkish embassy in Iraq

A vehicle drives past a damaged concrete blast wall outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad Jan. 18, 2012.(Reuters/Mohammed Ameen)

BAGHDAD: A rocket hit the Turkish embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday, striking its perimeter without causing any injuries, Iraqi security and Turkish sources said.

At least two rockets were fired from a vehicle at the embassy in northern Baghdad, outside the heavily fortified Green Zone complex, a senior Iraqi security official said.

Baghdad summoned Turkey's ambassador on Monday, complaining that comments made by Turkish officials amounted to meddling in its internal affairs.

"There were two Katyusha rockets. The first one hit the embassy blast wall, and the second one hit the second floor of an adjacent bank," the official said.

A Turkish embassy source said at least three rockets had been fired at the embassy, but only one hit an outside blast wall without causing injuries.

 

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