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UAE airlines suspend flights to Baghdad after shooting incident

(Xinhua)    20:06, January 27, 2015

DUBAI, Jan. 27 -- Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Dubai's Emirates Airline said Tuesday they would suspend flights to Baghdad until further notice, after a shooting incident at the Iraqi capital's airport.

According to a report by UAE daily, Emirates 24/7, the low-cost FlyDubai has not confirmed earlier reports by Iraqi media that three passengers were wounded in the incident.

The shooting at Baghdad airport targeted an aircraft of Emirates subsidiary FlyDubai on Monday, lightly damaging the fuselage.

Traces of small arms fire impact could be seen on the FlyDubai's Boeing 737 aircraft. Dubai daily Gulf news reported the plane was shot at while landing. Iraqi media said the shots were fired from a point close to the runway at Baghdad international airport.

Dubai's state-owned Emirates Airline has asked passengers who had previously booked flights from Dubai to Baghdad on its website to contact the airline, as flights had been suspended due to operational reasons.

In recent years, UAE airliners have suspended their direct flights to Iraq for several times due to violent incidents in the capital of Iraq.

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