No injuries were reported in the attack against the military part of the airport where US-led international coalition forces were deployed.
The Kurdistan Regional Authority (KRG) said Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq was attacked by an explosive-filled drone, an unprecedented escalation of weapons used. used to target US soldiers based here.
The military division of the airport that deploys US-led international coalition forces was targeted in Wednesday’s attack.
“A TNT hijacked drone targeted a coalition base at Arbil’s airport,” the Regional Interior Ministry said on Wednesday, adding that no one was injured. during the explosion but one building was damaged.
An explosion was also heard near the area and an investigation into the incident has been initiated, the ministry said in an earlier statement.
Turkey says one of its soldiers was killed by rockets fired some time at a military base 50km (30 miles) east in Bashiqa.
There was no immediate confirmation of any connection between the two attacks and no claim of responsibility for the airport attack.
Witnesses said a security cord blocked all entrances to the airport, adding that they saw a cloud of smoke rising from the area.
About 20 bomb or missile attacks have targeted US troops or diplomats bases in Iraq since US President Joe Biden took office in late January.
Dozens more have taken place over the previous 18 months, with Washington repeatedly blaming pro-Iran factions.
Iran said in March that it was not behind the attacks.
Washington and Tehran are both allies of Baghdad but are still in sharp contradictions over Iran’s nuclear program.
Outraged by reports of attacks in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The Iraqi people have suffered from violence and violation of their sovereignty for too long.
– Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) April 14, 2021
On February 15, more than a dozen rockets targeted a military complex inside Erbil airport, killing an Iraqi civilian and a foreign contractor working with the US-led army.
The foreign military complex was deployed as part of a US-led coalition helping Iraq fight ISIL (ISIS), a conflict that Baghdad declared won at the end of 2017.
Turkey has had an army in the region for more than two decades as part of an attempt to destroy outlaw Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels who have fought against the Turkish state. States since 1984.
Earlier, on Wednesday, two bombs also exploded on the road where Iraqi logistics convoys were carrying equipment for the international coalition in the southern provinces of Dhi Qar and Diwaniyah, according to security sources. security.