This fourth destructive incident follows similar ‘unexplained’ massive explosions that have targeted weapons depots belonging to Iranian-backed Shi’ite forces outside Iraq’s capital in recent weeks.
An explosion has rocked a Iranian-backed Shi’ite paramilitary base in northern Iraq, according to local reports.
It remains unclear if the explosion, located near near the Balad air base in Salaheddin province, was the result of a targeted attack or merely an accident.
Iraqi officials told the Associated Press that the explosion destroyed a weapons depot belonging to an Iran-backed faction.
The incident is the latest in a series of mysterious explosions that have rocked Iran-backed positions across Iraq.
Most of the explosions have targeted installations belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iran-backed umbrella group made up of Shi’ite militia outfits.
No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s explosion. Residents in the area have blamed the explosions on drone attacks, others on faulty storage.
As a result, unauthorized flights throughout the country have been banned following an order last week from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
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