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Explosive drone explodes in Iraq’s northern city of Erbil

On Wednesday, three people were injured and several cars were damaged in a drone explosion in Iraq’s northern city of Erbil, according to a statement from Kurdistan’s counter-terrorism service.

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The explosive drone detonated at Piramam Road on the outskirts of Erbil at 9:35 p.m. Iraq time, the statement said.

Two security sources said on condition of anonymity that the drone was shot down.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A security source had earlier said a drone strike targeted the US consulate but did not provide further details.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi told Kurdish Prime Minister Masoud Barzani in a phone call that Baghdad would cooperate with Erbil to hold the perpetrators accountable, according to a statement.

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“A bomb-laden drone struck the Erbil-Pirmam road, injuring civilians and causing damage,” the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said on Twitter. “Iraq does not need self-proclaimed armed mediators. It is necessary to claim the state authority. If criminals are known, call them and answer them.

Last month, Iran Revolutionary Guards artillery fire targeted an area north of Erbil that Iranian state television described as terrorist bases.

In addition, in March the Guards attacked the capital of the Kurdish region with a dozen ballistic missiles in an unprecedented attack on the capital of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region, which appeared to be targeting the United States and its allies.

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At least three other attacks have targeted oil refineries in Erbil since the March attacks, but no group claimed responsibility.

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