Saturday, January 31, 2004

Dutch embassy attacked

The Dutch embassy in Iraq has been attacked. No injuries:

Two rocket-propelled grenades have been fired at the Dutch embassy in Baghdad but no-one was hurt in the attack, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said.

"Nobody was in the office, thankfully, and there are no casualties," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Martine de Haan said.

"Two rocket-propelled grenades were fired and the embassy building is on fire," she said.

Ms De Haan added that it was not yet known who was responsible for the attack.

Earlier, a bomb exploded at an intersection in Baghdad but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

It was not immediately clear if they were one and the same incident.

The Netherlands has 1,100 troops in Iraq, in the British-controlled Al Muthanna province in the south.

The Dutch Parliament agreed last month to extend their mission by six months, ending in July 2004.


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