Iran Rejects Role in Rocket Attacks against US in Erbil
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry dismissed and condemned suspicious rumors about the country’s role in the Monday night missile attacks against the US interests in Erbil, and called on the Iraqi government to punish perpetrators of the attack.
"These rumors are strongly rejected, the suspicious attempts to attribute the attack to Iran are also strongly condemned," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday.
"Iran views Iraq’s stability and security a key issue for the region and its neighbors, and rejects any action that disturbs peace and order in this country," he added.
Khatibzadeh described as suspicious such attacks in Iraq, calling on the Iraqi government to pursue the case and punish those behind the move.
A rocket attack in the Northern Iraqi city of Erbil on Monday killed a civilian contractor with the US-led military coalition and wounded six others, including a US service member, said a US-led coalition spokesman.
Several other rockets landed in residential areas of the city, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, including one close to the Chinese consulate.
A newly-established militant group that calls itself ‘Saraya Awliya al-Dam’ has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.
The group claimed that it fired 24 rockets from an area 7 kilometers away from the US-occupied al-Tahrir military base, all of which hit their targets as the coalition air defenses failed to intercept the rockets.