Rockets strike Baghdad airport area

An Iraqi Airways plane arrives at Baghdad airport, Iraq. (File photo: AP)

Rockets fired by militants struck the area of Baghdad’s vast airport complex on Monday, security officials said.

“A number of Katyusha rockets landed near Camp Al-Nasr (Victory), west of Baghdad,” the security command responsible for Baghdad said in a statement, referring to a base close to the airport.

The rockets were launched from the Taji area, north of the capital, it said.

A police colonel said 13 rockets struck two areas near the airport, but an official at the facility said none had hit the airport itself.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the rocket fire.

The sprawling airport complex, which stretches from western Baghdad to the outskirts of Anbar province, has been targeted by rocket and mortar fire for years, but commercial aviation traffic is rarely disrupted.

But multiple carriers stopped flights into Baghdad for several days after a bullet struck a flydubai jet during its descent in January this year.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45