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Mortars Hit U.S. Coalition HQ in Iraq

Two mortar rounds landed in the headquarters compound of the U.S.-led coalition Sunday.

Mortar and rocket attacks on the coalition headquarters are common.
Mortars Hit U.S. Coalition HQ in Iraq

Sun Mar 21, 4:54 AM ET

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two mortar rounds landed in the headquarters compound of the U.S.-led coalition Sunday. A third struck nearby, killing an Iraqi civilian and wounding 10.

People at the headquarters were told to move to bunkers following the explosions but an American official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties in the compound in central Baghdad.

People in the upscale neighborhood of Mansour outside the compound said the mortar rounds damaged cars and several shops. Officials at the nearby Yarmouk Hospital said one civilian was killed and 10 others wounded, including a child and two women.

"This is a terrorist act. There are no military targets in Mansour," said Raed Abdul Saheb, a doctor at the hospital.

Taxi driver Ahmed Khalid described the attack.

Mortar and rocket attacks on the coalition headquarters are common. The assaults often miss and hit nearby neighborhoods.

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