Rocket hits BBC office in Baghdad, no one hurt

BAGHDAD Fri May 9, 2008 11:46am EDT

1 of 6. U.S. soldiers stand near a hole that damaged the roof of the BBC headquarters in Baghdad after a rocket attack, May 9, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Sabah al-Bazee

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A rocket hit the BBC office in Baghdad on Friday but no one was wounded in the attack, the British broadcaster said.

Patrick Howse, the BBC bureau chief in the Iraqi capital, said the rocket left a hole around 1 meter by 1.5 meters in the roof of the office.

"At 14:45 local time (7:45 a.m. EDT), a rocket struck the roof of the BBC Baghdad bureau. It caused structural damage but no one was injured," Howse said.

Militants have stepped up rocket and mortar attacks in Baghdad in the past month since the government launched a crackdown on Shi'ite militias. Many are aimed at the Green Zone government and diplomatic compound but often miss.

(Reporting by Dean Yates; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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