January 31, 2009 / 7:10 AM / 11 years ago

Mortar shells near Iraq voting centres, no one hurt

TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Three mortar shells landed on Saturday, without causing any casualties, near voting stations in the city of Tikrit as Iraq held a milestone provincial election, police said.

Police said a vehicle was set on fire in one of the mortar attacks in Tikrit, late dictator Saddam Hussein’s hometown, 150 km (95) miles north of Baghdad.

The closest a mortar landed to a voting centre was 200 metres, a police source said, asking not to be identified.

The attacks occurred despite heavy security. Thousands of police are guarding polling centres across the country, cars were banned from city streets, airports and borders were closed and voters are being checked for explosives. (Reporting by Sabah al-Bazee; Writing by Michael Christie; Editing by)

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