Mystery blast targets Iran-backed militia base in Iraq

Mystery blast kills one at Iran-backed militia base in Iraq weeks after suspected Israeli strike
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13 August, 2019
An attack on a Hashd al-Shaabi base in Baghdad has killed one person.
Iraq has experienced instability over the years [Getty]

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.