Three die in Daesh bomb blast at Iraqi mosque

Officials said the blast occurred the previous evening on a commercial street in the village of Mussayyib south of Baghdad. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 25 August 2019

Three die in Daesh bomb blast at Iraqi mosque

  • There were 34 people injured in the blast, that also left three dead
  • Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted “gatherings of Shiites”

BAGHDAD: Daesh militants in Iraq admitted on Saturday that they killed at least three people and injured more than 30 when a motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated near a Shiite mosque south of the capital, Baghdad.

The bomb exploded on a commercial street in the village of Mussayyib. Daesh said it targeted “gatherings of Shiites” near the mosque.

Iraq declared victory against Daesh in late 2017, but the group continues to carry out terrorist attacks through sleeper cells, particularly in the north.

The Iraqi military said on Saturday it had launched a new operation targeting Daesh hideouts and sleeper cells in western Anbar province.

There are certainly places where Daesh are more powerful today than they were three or four years ago.

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state

The military said the operation aimed to “search and clear” wide desert areas in the province that borders Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned last week that Daesh militants were gaining strength in some areas, but he said the group’s capacity to conduct attacks had been greatly diminished.

“It’s complicated,” Pompeo said, responding to reports that the militant group was gaining new strength in Iraq and Syria. “There are certainly places where Daesh are more powerful today than they were three or four years ago.”

He said the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate was gone and its attack capability had been made much more difficult.

However, he cautioned that there was always risk that there would be a resurgence of “radical Islamist terrorist groups,” such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh.


Lebanon tribunal charges Hariri suspect over three other attacks

Updated 25 min 45 sec ago

Lebanon tribunal charges Hariri suspect over three other attacks

  • Ayyash faced five new charges relating to the killings of three men in 2004 and 2005
  • The tribunal in The Hague was established in 2009 to prosecute crimes related to the Feb. 14 2005 bombing that killed 22 people

THE HAGUE: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Monday unsealed an indictment on new charges against Salim Jamil Ayyash, currently a fugitive from the court and on trial in absentia.
The court said in a statement that Ayyash faced five new charges relating to the killings of three men in 2004 and 2005.
The tribunal in The Hague was established in 2009 to prosecute crimes related to the Feb. 14 2005 bombing that killed 22 people, including Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri, and injured many others.
Ayyash, whose whereabouts are unknown, is being defended on charges of "conspiracy to commit terrorism" in the Hariri case by a publicly appointed defence lawyer. Prosecutors say Ayyash is a Hezbollah commander who led coordination of Hariri's assassination.
The court said on Monday that Ayyash would be presumed innocent of the new charges, but that there is enough evidence against him to merit a trial. The court sent new warrants for his arrest to the Lebanese government and international police organisations.