Foreigners targeted in spate of attacks

25 November 2003
Two unidentified gunmen attacked the new Jordanian embassy in Baghdad on 25 November, killing an Iraqi security guard. The incident took place in the capital's Maamoun district, said a local policeman. The Jordanian embassy was moved to a new location after the 7 August carbomb attack on the former embassy building, which killed at least 19 people.

A hotel used by foreign contractors and journalists in the northern city of Kirkuk was attacked by militants on 24 November. A grenade was thrown towards the entrance of the Kirkuk Palace Hotel, injuring at least two guards, hotel staff said. The blast shattered windows and damaged the entrance to the hotel, which is located about 100 metres from a police station, reported AP.

Tokyo asked the US-led coalition to increase security at its embassy in Baghdad following a gunbattle near the embassy in mid November, announced a Japanese official in Tokyo. Japanese officials said that they have received fresh threats against the embassy linked to the possible deployment of troops to support the US-led coalition.

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