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Blasts from Iraqi militia weapons depot injures 14

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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 Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), was located inside a federal police base in the southern suburbs of Baghdad.

The facility stored short-range and Katyusha missiles.

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.

A warplane reportedly bombed the IMIS armory at Saqr (Falcon) base southern the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, according to the eyewitnesses.

Sirens have been heard near the US embassy in Baghdad, following the explosion that rocked the Iraqi capital on Monday.

Last Modified: Sunday، 18 August 2019 11:06 PM