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Explosive devices strike US-led forces in Iraq

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 15: People inspect after an explosive device placed under a vehicle exploded in the al-Habibiya area of al-Sadr city, eastern Baghdad, Iraq on April 15, 2021. One person was killed and 14 others were injured as three other vehicles damaged in the bomb blast. ( Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency )
People inspect after an explosive device placed under a vehicle exploded in Iraq on April 15, 2021 [Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency]

Unknown militants yesterday detonated an explosive device near a convoy of the international US-led coalition in the central Iraqi province of Babylon.

Ali Al-Samer, a senior officer at Babylon police, told Anadolu Agency that the explosive device was planted "on the sidewalk of the road." He added that the attack "partially damaged one of the surrounding trucks."

Local authorities have opened an investigation into the incident, he added .

The attack was reported to have been the second of its kind in a course of a few hours after a bomb that had been detonated in the Iraqi southern province of Al-Diwaniyah.

Police officer Jamil Al-Husseini told ANadolu that another explosive device planted by "unknown persons had detonated near a convoy of the US-led trucks on the highway in Dhi Qar Governorate."

He explained that the attack "did not cause significant losses," noting that the authorities had launched an investigation into the incident. "The attack is the fifth in six days," the officer added.

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No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The US holds Iran responsible for attacks on its forces in Iraq, saying militias are backed by the Islamic Republic. Tehran denies the claims.

Armed groups in Iraq have warned that they will continue to strike US forces until they withdraw from the country in line with a 2020 parliament decision for all foreign troops to leave.

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