Blasts from Iraqi militia weapons depot kill one, injure 29

Published August 13, 2019, 3:13 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

BAGHDAD – A large fire broke out on Monday at a weapons depot run by an Iraqi militia group, causing explosions heard across Baghdad, killing one person and injuring 29 others, authorities said.

A man inspects the damage at a mosque near a weapons depot of an Iraqi militia group, after a fire broke out in the depot, in Baghdad, Iraq August 13, 2019.  (REUTERS / Khalid al-Mousily / MANILA BULLETIN)
A man inspects the damage at a mosque near a weapons depot of an Iraqi militia group, after a fire broke out in the depot, in Baghdad, Iraq August 13, 2019.
(REUTERS / Khalid al-Mousily / MANILA BULLETIN)

The depot, run by a militia group under the umbrella of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, was located inside a federal police base in the southern suburbs of Baghdad.

The facility stored short-range and Katyusha missiles, a security source told Reuters.

The fire set off some of the rockets which struck neighborhoods several kilometers (miles) away and injuring mainly children, said Qasim al-Attabi, a spokesman for the district’s health directorate.

Health Ministry spokesman Saif Badr said most of the wounded were discharged from area hospitals with light wounds.

A police source said the fire was probably caused by negligence leading to poor storage conditions and high temperatures. The Interior Ministry ordered an investigation.

 
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