ADVERTISEMENTREMOVE AD

At Least Eight Killed in Baghdad Explosion

Interior ministry said the blast was result of detonation of an ammunitions cache.

Published
World
1 min read
story-hero-img
i
Aa
Aa
Small
Aa
Medium
Aa
Large
Hindi Female

At least eight people were killed and 27 wounded in an explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district on Wednesday, 6 June an Iraqi police source said.

Photos from the scene showed a destroyed car and building as well as weeping relatives of victims.

An interior ministry spokesman said in a brief statement the blast was the result of the detonation of an ammunitions cache and that security forces had opened an investigation into the matter.

ADVERTISEMENTREMOVE AD

The ammunition had been stored in a mosque and the explosion happened during its transfer from the mosque and into a car parked nearby, the police source said.

Earlier, state television cited a ministry spokesman describing the explosion as "a terrorist aggression on civilians" which had caused "martyrs and wounded".

Authorities did not offer an explanation of the discrepancies between the two statements, neither of which gave casualty figures.

Sadr City is a stronghold of the nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won a 12 May parliamentary election. Parliament ordered a national recount of votes on Wednesday.

In May two homemade bombs targeted the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party, which is part of Sadr's bloc.

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

0

Read Latest News and Breaking News at The Quint, browse for more from news and world

Topics:  Baghdad   Baghdad Blast   Iraq Blast 

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Member
3 months
12 months
12 months
Check Member Benefits
Read More
×
×