Two killed in Iraq after vehicle explodes in car wash

The explosion took place in Qaim district of Anbar province, once a Daesh stronghold. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 23 May 2019
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Two killed in Iraq after vehicle explodes in car wash

  • The explosion took place in Qaim district of Anbar province, once a Daesh stronghold

FALLUJAH: A parked vehicle exploded in Iraq's western province of Anbar, killing two people and wounding two others, a district mayor said on Thursday, the latest attack inside what was once Daesh's last stronghold in the country.
The explosion occurred in Anbar's Qaim district, 300 kilometers west of Baghdad. Iraqi forces retook the area, which lies on the border with Syria, in December 2017, after which they declared final victory over the group.
The vehicle was parked inside a car wash, said Qaim Mayor Ahmed Mahallawi. The attack targeted members of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a group of Iran-backed Shi'ite arnmed factions who helped defeat the Sunni militants, and successfully killed one, wounding two others. A car wash worker was also killed.


Syria clashes kill 45 fighters: monitor

Updated 21 min 30 sec ago
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Syria clashes kill 45 fighters: monitor

  • The fighting flared on the edge of Hama province in Syria’s northwest

BEIRUT: Clashes between pro-government forces and militant-led groups that control Syria’s northwest killed at least 45 combatants on Tuesday, a war monitor said.
The fighting flared on the edge of Hama province when the militant group Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham launched a dawn attack on regime positions, leaving 14 pro-government forces dead, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.