Three killed in blast from unexploded ordnance in Babil


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SULAIMANI — Three people were killed on Friday (January 28) in an explosion from unexploded war remnants in Babil governorate, south of Baghdad.

A security source told NRT the three, a father with his son and daughter, were searching through litter for scrap metal.

The source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said the family was killed in a blast from unexploded war ordnance while collecting metal cans.

Police in Babil later announced on Friday that they had begun an investigation into an explosion that killed three people.

Babil Police Command said in a statement they had begun to take necessary legal measures regarding an explosion in a wooded area near an abandoned milk factory in Imam sub-district in the north of Babil governorate.

Security detachments found the bodies of a man and two children at the scene of the explosion and a motorcycle along with a bunch of firewood and metal cans. The statement said they were inside the wooded area to gather firewood.

Unexploded ordnance and landmines left over from the numerous past conflicts, such as the Iran-Iraq War, litter the country, causing numerous deaths and injuries each year.

(NRT Digital Media)