3 killed, 15 wounded in rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone

07:48, July 23, 2010      

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A rocket landed on the Green Zone of Baghdad Thursday, killing three foreign guards and wounding 15 others, the local police source and U.S. embassy said.

The three dead included two Ugandans and a Peruvian who worked for a U.S. security contractor hired to protect the U.S. government facilities in Iraq, the U.S. embassy said in a statement, adding 15 more people were also wounded in the attack.

A local police source without giving his name said that the blast site was not far away from the U.S. embassy.

The Green Zone, which houses some of the Iraqi government offices and U.S. embassy, has been frequently targeted by insurgents' mortar and rocket attacks. The roughly 10 square km zone is located on the west bank of the Tigris River which bisects the Iraqi capital.

Recent spate of bombings and waves of violence are still ravaging the Iraqi cities, including the capital, more than four months after the country held its parliamentary elections on March 7, raising fears of a return to violence.

Source: Xinhua

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