In Iraq, eight members of a militia linked to Moqtada al-Sadr were killed and several other people injured in a bomb blast north of Baghdad on Thursday (Feb 14). One of the eight militiamen killed was a commander who took part in anti-jihadist operations in Iraq, said another source.
According tp security sources, the roadside bomb exploded when a convoy of Saraya al-Salam militia was driving along a highway near Samarra. Samarra — a Sunni majority region — is home to a major Iraqi security headquarters and to an important Shiite shrine where a 2006 bombing touched off two years of sectarian bloodletting.
“A Hashd Shaabi convoy was struck by two roadside bombs around noon, while heading to conduct a search campaign in al-Jazira area near the city of Samarra, some 120 km north the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing eight Hashd Shaabi members and wounding seven others,” Captain Hussam al-Jubouri from Samara’s Operations Command told a news channel.
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20 May, 2019