explosion took place in a pile of equipment belonging to a faction of the Iranian
Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) near Balad airbase, north of Baghdad, the
Civil Defense Directorate said.
In a brief statement on Tuesday, the directorate said a team headed to control the fire at Balad air base, located in Salahuddin province.
According to media sources and witnesses reports, thick black smoke emitted near Balad airbase. The reports are still conflicting on whether the incident was caused by a fire or bombing in the base itself or a military headquarters of IMIS near that base.