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BAGHDAD - Mortar rounds slammed into the US-controlled Green Zone yesterday, with one striking within 100metres of the Iraqi prime minister's offices.
No casualties were reported in the attack, which was the second in 12 hours, but it underscored heightened concerns about security in the area that is home to the US and UK embassies, the Iraqi government headquarters and thousands of US troops on the west bank of the Tigris River.
The first round of explosions occurred at about 10pm on Monday and another round struck at about 10am yesterday.
US military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver said the explosions were still under investigation, though "indications appear it was indirect fire", the term used for rocket or mortar attacks.
An Iraqi government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity in discussing security issues, said six mortar rounds fell close to the offices of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The adequacy of security in the vast area in central Baghdad came into question in the aftermath of the April 12 suicide bombing in the Iraqi parliament building's dining hall. One lawmaker was killed in the blast, which was claimed by an Al Qaeda-led amalgam of Sunni insurgents.
The Pentagon said on Monday that documents captured in recent fighting in Baghdad included two identity cards for access to the Green Zone and an ID card for access to the US embassy. - Sapa