At least three people have been injured in a missile attack on the American embassy located in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on January 26, Iraq’s Alsumaria TV reported on Monday citing sources in Iraqi security services. It is not yet revealed what citizenship does the injured person hold, US or Iraqi.
Earlier, Agence France-Presse reported one person wounded. The agency also notes that the US embassy in Baghdad has been repeatedly attacked in the last couple of months but missiles landed directly in the compound for the first time. The Sunday attack is the second to take place in the last seven days. On January 20, three missiles landed near the embassy.
On Sunday evening, five missiles were launched at Baghdad’s Green Zone – a well-fortified district in the center of the city where government buildings and foreign diplomatic missions are situated. Three missiles directly landed at the US embassy premises, one of them hit the canteen building where dinner was served at that moment, Agence France-Presse adds.
After the incident, acting Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi ordered national security forces to take every measure to prevent similar attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad. He blasted the strike as an “irresponsible act committed by separate individuals”, underlining that this attack “can lead to serious consequences.” The acting prime minister also said that he had given orders “to launch an investigation, find those responsible for the attack and bring them to justice.” US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller also sharply criticized the strike on Sunday.