MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Insurgents have fired two rocket-propelled grenades at a U.S. military vehicle in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, setting it on fire, witnesses have said.
More blasts shook the wheeled Stryker armoured vehicle, apparently as its ammunition exploded. There was no immediate word on casualties in the attack in the west of the city.
A passer-by, Mahmoud Ibrahim, 40, said he had seen three attackers in a car fire an RPG at the Stryker as it went down a side street in a western district of Mosul on Sunday. Another RPG was fired at the U.S. vehicle moments later.
“I saw the Stryker burning,” he said. “I saw nobody getting out of the vehicle.”
U.S. troops in other Strykers sealed off the area.
In another attack, insurgents fired two rocket-propelled grenades at a U.S. Stryker military vehicle on patrol in a western district, setting it on fire, witnesses said.
More blasts shook the Stryker, as its fuel tanks and ammunition exploded, but a U.S. military spokesman said there were no casualties. Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Piek of Task Force Olympia said the commander and driver of the vehicle had jumped out. Other soldiers in the unit were patrolling on foot.
UPDATE: Pics of the burning Stryker are up on Yahoo!:
(via Stryker Brigade News)
It was an RPG hit from close range. We’ll have to see if it went through the slat armor cage or not.
UPDATE 2: The pic makes it look like the RPG must have been fired from the direct front or back of the Stryker. Unless maybe it was hit in the side as it went through that intersection (if that is one – it’s hard to tell from these pics) behind it and rolled through to a stop beside that building.
Also, those appear to be fire extinguishers in sitting on the ground in front of it. They must have tried to fight the fire at first.