Blasts from Iraqi militia weapons depot injures 14Reuters | Baghdad | Updated: 12-08-2019 23:52 IST | Created: 12-08-2019 23:51 IST
A large fire broke out on Monday at a weapons depot run by an Iraqi militia group, causing explosions heard across Baghdad and injuring 14 people, authorities said. 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 injured 14 people, 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.