2 explosions, fire hit air base in Iraq’s Salahudin

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BAGHDAD, July 27 (Xinhua) — Two explosions occurred on Monday night and caused a huge fire in an air base in Salahudin Province north of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, the military said.

The explosions came at 11 p.m. local time (2000 GMT) in Majid al-Tamimi air base, previously known as Camp Speicher, in the north of Salahudin’s capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement.

“The Civil Defense managed to control the fire resulting from the two explosions, with no human casualties,” the statement noted.

However, Mohammed al-Bazi from the provincial police told Xinhua that the explosions occurred in ammunition depots of a Hashd Shaabi force.

Initial reports said two Hashd Shaabi members were killed in the incident, al-Bazi noted.

The incident in Salahudin came a day after explosions and fire hit an ammunition depot of the federal police in the al-Saqr military base in southern Baghdad because of high temperature and poor storage, according to a JOC statement.

In the past months, several explosions and fires hit Hashd Shaabi depots in central and western Iraq after attacks by unknown aircraft. Enditem

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