Gunshots fired at Emirati plane on landing in Baghdad



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunshots were fired at an Emirati passenger plane during landing at Baghdad airport.

A security and an airport official say a spray of bullets hit the plane as it touched down on Monday night, slightly damaging the aircraft but causing no casualties.

It was unclear who was behind the shooting and whether the plane was deliberately targeted at the highly secure Baghdad airport.

The officials say an investigation is under way. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

Several airlines rerouted their flights over Iraqi airspace last year as a security precaution amid fears that Islamic State militants have weapons capable of shooting down planes and despite Iraqi government's insistence that the country's skies are safe.

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Qassim Abdul-Zahra

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