Mystery blast targets Iran-backed militia base in Iraq
Iraq's interior ministry says a large explosion at an ammunition depot southwest of the capital, Baghdad, has injured 13 people, most lightly.
Maj. General Saad Maan, a ministry spokesman, said it was not immediately clear what caused the blast at the al-Saqr military base.
The explosion was heard throughout the city and smoke billowed in the air Monday evening.
The base houses a weapons depot for the Iraqi federal police and the mainly Shia militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces and al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic.
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Video from al-Ain news site showed clouds of smoke billowing from one of the weapons stores belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi.
This is the second attack to have targeted Iranian-backed Shia militia bases in the space of just under a month.