Explosions at arms depot in Baghdad, Iraqi military says

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Security sources blamed the munitions blasts on high summer temperatures and poor storage conditions

July 26, 2020

July 26, 2020

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Summer heat and badly stored munitions caused explosions at a Baghdad arms depot belonging to Iraq's federal police on Sunday, the military said.

Security sources said the depot, which is part of a base in the south of the city used by police and paramilitary forces, caught fire in August last year.

That blaze also set off explosions, killing one person and injuring 29 others.

No casualties were reported immediately after Sunday's incident.

Iraqi paramilitary groups with links to Iran last year blamed a series of explosions at their weapons depots and bases on the US and Israel as tension between Washington and Tehran escalated.

The US killing of Iran's military mastermind Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis in a missile strike in Baghdad in January raised the threat that Iraq could become a battlefield in a conflict between the US and Iran.

Updated: July 26, 2020 10:27 PM

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