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Rocket hits near Erbil airport in northern Iraq: Kurdish security officials

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An explosion has been heard in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region, a result of a rocket attack near Erbil’s airport, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.

The US consulate had also sounded its emergency alarms following the explosion, Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Erbil reported.

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A rocket landed near Erbil airport in northern Iraq late on Wednesday, Kurdish security officials confirmed in a statement, with no immediate reports of casualties.

Witnesses said they saw a plume of smoke rising from the area. A US-led military base in the Erbil International Airport vicinity was hit by a barrage of rockets in February that killed a military contractor.

Explosives teams were deployed inside Erbil airport to examine the missile that targeted the airport, Al Arabiya’s reporter on the ground confirmed.

Another attack on Wednesday night targeted the Zelikan camp, which houses Turkish forces in Mosul, according to sources, raising doubts that the rocket attacks were coordinated.

(With agencies)