Two bomb-laden drones target Erbil airport, no casualties – counter terrorism service

Smoke rises over the Erbil, after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, Iraq February 15, 2021. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Two explosive-laden drones targeted Erbil airport early on Sunday, the Kurdistan Region’s counter-terrorism service said. 

“The attack on Erbil international airport was carried out by two bomb-laden drones,” the counter-terrorism service said on Facebook.

There were no casualties in the attack, according to the counter-terrorism service.

Meanwhile, security forces told Reuters that the drone attack hit near U.S. forces stationed at the airport.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S.-led Coalition forces.

A large number of security forces deployed around the airport, blocking roads, according to Esta Media Network reporter. 

The airport has come under attack several times in the past year, including by drones carrying explosives.

U.S. officials blame previous attacks on Iran-aligned Shia militias which have vowed to fight until the remaining 2,500 U.S. military personnel leave the country.

The U.S. forces are leading an international military coalition whose mandate is to help Iraqi forces fight remnants of Islamic State.

*This story was updated at 01:06 a.m. EBL time

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