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Airlines Suspend Baghdad Flights After Jet Shooting

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An Iraqi Airways plane lands at Baghdad International airport, Jan. 27, 2015.

An Iraqi Airways plane lands at Baghdad International airport, Jan. 27, 2015.

Several airlines have suspended flights to Baghdad's international airport after a passenger jet from Dubai came under gunfire Tuesday.

The flight, run by budget carrier Dubai Aviation, known as FlyDubai, was hit by several rounds as it landed.

The plane was evacuated, with at least one minor injury reported after a bullet pierced the fuselage. The origin of the shots remains unclear.

Iraqi Transportation Minister Bayan Jabr said authorities believe the shooting was unintentional, but they are not ruling out the possibility of an attack.

Flydubai also said the shots appeared to be "non-intentional.''

Three other carriers from the United Arab Emirates -- Air Arabia, Emirates, and Etihad -- joined Lebanon's Middle East airlines in halting flights into Baghdad after the incident.

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