An Iran-backed militant group in Iraq called Saraya Awlia al-Dam, or “Guardians of Blood Brigades,” quickly took credit for Monday’s rocket attack on the Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan region.
The attack killed a civilian contractor and injured five other people, including a U.S. service member.
Kurdish news service Rudaw reported a “swarm of rockets” were fired at the Kurdistan region’s capital city of Erbil on Monday night, hitting targets that included “the Chinese consulate, a livestock market, and residential areas.” Injuries and at least one fatality were reported from a rocket that struck an apartment building.
Two of the rockets hit the Erbil International Airport, while a third flew overhead. The airport explosions injured five Americans, one of them a service member, and killed a civilian contractor who was not an American citizen.
Kurdish counterterrorism officials said the 14 rockets were launched from a vehicle, which they have recovered.