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Explosion at Iraq Army base result of storage ammunition, rockets: Report

Amid heightened tensions in the Middle East, it has been found that the blast that took place at Iraq Army base was the result of storages ammunition and rockets.

This image grab from a UGC video shows damage following an alleged bombing overnight on an Iraqi military base in the central province of Babylon housing a coalition of pro-Iranian armed groups. (AFP)Premium
This image grab from a UGC video shows damage following an alleged bombing overnight on an Iraqi military base in the central province of Babylon housing a coalition of pro-Iranian armed groups. (AFP)

The overnight explosion at Iraq military base was the result of storages ammunition and rockets, reported Reuters citing local media. The overnight explosion at the army base was used by pro-Iran group, Popular Mobilisation Forces. At the time of explosion, no warplanes or drones were spotted in the sky above Iraq's Babylon province, according to Reuters.

The blast killed a member of the Iraqi security force that includes Iran-backed groups and injured 8 others.

According to an AFP report, officials had initially blamed an "aerial bombing", but have now dismissed the possibility of a drone or air strike.

The base housed "barracks and arms depots" belonging to the Iraqi army, the interior ministry and the Popular Mobilisation Forces, or Hashed al-Shaabi, the committee said in a statement, AFP reported.

"The explosion created a large, irregularly shaped crater at the site of the incident, (which was) used to store materiel, missiles and explosive materials", it said adding that the "size of the crater confirms there was a very strong explosion of weaponry and high explosive materials present at the site".

The analysis, according to the report, helped identify the presence of "three materials used in the manufacture of explosives and missiles -- TNT, ammonium nitrate and dibutyl phthalate".

The committee said the intensity of the explosion and the size of various armaments thrown into the air by it "could not have been caused by one or multiple airborne missiles under any circumstances".

Hashed al-Shaabi is an integral part of the Iraqi security forces operating under the authority of the prime minister, encompassing multiple armed factions.

Earlier today, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, on his return flight from Iraq, was quoted saying that the full capture of Gaza by Israel would "open the door" for further invasions of Palestinian territories, according to broadcaster Haberturk and other media outlets.

 

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Published: 23 Apr 2024, 04:40 PM IST
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