Baghdad : Militants fired several rounds of mortar shells on the heavily fortified Green Zone of the Iraqi capital Tuesday where the US and Iranian delegations were holding their second landmark meeting over Iraq's worsening security situation, a police source said.
"Several mortar rounds landed on the Green Zone shortly after 11:00 a.m.," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. It was not known whether there was any casualty or where the shells landed.
The attack occurred about 30 minutes after the start of the meeting between US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Kazemi Qomi in the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The two envoys had met May 28 in their first round of talks in an effort to find a solution to the Iraqi imbroglio.
There was no confirmation of the incident by the US military.
The US-controlled Green Zone is a large area on the western bank of the Tigris River, which houses the Iraqi government offices and foreign embassies, including the US embassy.