At least 16 people have been killed and dozens injured after an arms depot exploded in the Sadr City district of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, late on June 6, police and medical sources said.
“An arms depot exploded…. The security forces have opened an inquiry to determine the cause,” Baghdad’s security operations command said in a statement.
Police officials said the blast appeared to be caused by heavy weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades and shells, belonging to an armed group.
They said that as many as 90 people were injured in the explosion.
The blast struck near a mosque in the mostly Shi’ite neighborhood in northeast Baghdad.