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BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb exploded as British diplomatic vehicles passed in Baghdad on Tuesday, Britain’s embassy and Iraqi officials said.

There were no injuries, but the attack raises fears of the proliferation of armed groups outside of state control.

The attack targeted an embassy convoy on a Baghdad highway near the Umm al-Tabool mosque, the British diplomatic headquarters and Iraqi security officials said.

No one at the time claimed responsibility for the attack.

The roads and the attack area, between the airport and the heavily fortified Green Zone, are often used by diplomatic missions, an Iraqi official said.

The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Soldiers will go from 5,000 to 3,000.

The Green Zone houses the seat of the government of Iraq and also many foreign embassies, including the British and the American.

“The safety and security of our personnel is of the utmost importance and we are in close contact with the Iraqi authorities,” said a statement from the British embassy.

The attack is the first in months targeting a diplomatic convoy.

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