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Twin mortars hit Baghdad's Green Zone, casualties not clear: official


14:26, December 08, 2011

BAGHDAD, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Two mortars landed at the Green Zone in war-battered Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Thursday's dawn and casualties or damages have not been clear so far.

An official of the country's interior ministry confirmed the attack, which could be heard at Xinhua office on the bank of the Tigris River.

The official, on condition of anonymity, said no detail could be reached at the stage. Iraqi and U.S. authorities used to play down mortar loss which took place inside the Green Zone.

The fortified Green Zone is located in the center of the city, accommodating key governmental offices and foreign interests including the U.S. embassy. Another mortar attack took place at the Green Zone last week, injuring a national parliament member. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claimed that the attack was targeting himself.

As the Dec. 31 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline is drawing near, Iraq has seen the increase of violence recently.

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