Iraqi PM orders probe into drone attack on Hashd Shaabi camp

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-20 03:50:34|Editor: yan
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BAGHDAD, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Friday ordered a probe into the attack by an unmanned aircraft on a paramilitary Hashd Shaabi camp in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, the Iraqi military said.

Mahdi, also the commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces, issued a directive "to form a fact-finding committee composed of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), representatives of the Air Force Command, Air Defense Command and the Hashd Shaabi, to show what really happened at the Martyrs Camp," according to a statement by the media office of JOC.

Earlier in the day, the JOC said in a brief statement that the Hashd Shaabi camp was bombed twice in the early morning by an unknown drone, with two people injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The attack resulted in the wounding of three Iraqi militiamen and two Iranian advisors in the Hashd Shaabi brigade, a local security source told Xinhua.

The two Iranian advisors died of their wounds after being transferred to hospital, the source said later in the day on condition of anonymity.

All the brigade members are from the Shiite Turkoman minority, and the brigade itself is affiliated with the Iranian-backed the Badr Organization headed by the Shiite leader Hadi al-Ameri, the source added.

Previously known as the Badr Brigades, the Badr Organization was first built during the eight-year Iraqi-Iranian war in 1980s and has maintained long-time ties with Iran.