Explosion hits weapons depot in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD: A huge explosion struck an ammunition storage depot belonging to the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi militia in the southern Babil province on Saturday, according to a local police officer.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, First Lieutenant Ihsan Khalid said the explosion took place inside the depot in Al-Kifl town, south of Hillah city in southern Iraq.

He said a number of rockets were fired into the sky following the blast, causing panic among local residents.

No information has yet been made available about casualties or damage.