A fuel tank explosion in northern Iraq has killed 15 people
Fifteen people were killed in a fuel tank blast that led to the collapse of a building in the city of Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq, according to the final figure released yesterday by local authorities after rescue operations carried out found the victims under the rubble.
The blast on Thursday evening in Sulaymaniyah, the second largest city in the autonomous region of Kurdistan, killed 15 people and injured more than 10, according to Sulaymaniyah Governor Haval Abu Bakr, who declared a day of mourning after the incident.
He stated that “there are no more bodies lying under the rubble of the house”, noting that “the majority of the victims are women and children”.
The three-storey building collapsed under the force of the blast due to a leak in a liquid gas tank used for heating, local authorities said.
“Searches were conducted yesterday morning in hopes of finding four people alive under the rubble of the building,” said Saman Nader, chief of the city’s emergency department.
On the other hand, a statement by the Iraqi military yesterday said the security services had managed to arrest 15 ISIS members in different areas of the country.
A statement from the Security Media Authority in Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said that after tracking ISIS elements, the National Security Agency was able to locate 15 in the governorates of Anbar, Nineveh, Salah al-Din, Wasit, Kirkuk and Diyala to arrest
The statement notes that the arrests were made after the courts set up ambushes that led to the execution of the arrests, in accordance with the provisions of the Terrorism Act and referred them to the competent authorities to take the necessary action against them.
Iraqi security forces have arrested 15 IS members in several cities.
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