On August 12, a large fire broke out at a weapons depot run by the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), causing explosions heard across the country’s capital of Baghdad. The weapons depot was located inside a federal police base in the southern suburbs of Baghdad.
According to authorities, at least one person was killed and 29 others were injured.
“An explosion occurred because of the piling up of munitions inside the Saqr military base in southern Baghdad,” Iraq’s joint military-police Baghdad Operations Command wrote on its Facebook page.
According to a security source quoted by Reuters, the facility stored short-range and Katyusha missiles.
Local media reported that the depot was controlled by the Sayyid of Martyrs Battalions, often described by mainstream media outlets as an Iranian-backed group.
Here is another video showing secondary explosions after the destruction of #PMU's weapon storage in Dora neighborhood, #Baghdad, #Iraq. Civilians in the neighborhood are evacuated. #US Embassy is also on alert ready to evacuate in case of mortar attack against the #GreenZone pic.twitter.com/F8Yd5MxZrt
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) August 12, 2019
— Steven nabil (@thestevennabil) August 12, 2019
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