Baghdad airport attack arrested: Iraqi security source

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Iraqi security forces have arrested a suspect suspected of involvement in Friday’s rocket attacks on Baghdad International Airport

The suspect is currently being questioned. No other details were given [Getty- archive]

Iraqi security forces on Sunday arrested a suspect suspected of involvement in the recent missile attack on Baghdad International Airport.

“The suspect was arrested at a security checkpoint in Sarha area, north of Diyala governorate,” according to a report by The new ArabicArabic language service Al-Araby Al-Jadeedwhich cites a security source quoted by local Iraqi media.

The report added that the detainee was being questioned. No other information was given.

Local security forces previously said they had an “important lead” to the perpetrators of Friday’s attack.

At least three rockets hit Friday near Baghdad airport and an adjacent military base that hosts US and other coalition advisers, damaging an abandoned commercial plane but causing no casualties, Iraqi officials said.

The attack was the latest in a series of rocket and drone strikes that have targeted the US presence in Iraq since the start of the year.

Pro-Iranian Shiite factions in Iraq have vowed revenge for the January 2020 assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a US strike.

A low-level Islamic state[IS] The groups’ insurgency has also continued in Iraq, with a number of security personnel coming under attack in recent days. The Iraqi army carried out extensive airstrikes on IS cells, killing several militants.

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