UPDATED 7:03 AM PT — Thurs. June 7, 2018
At least 18 people are dead and more than 90 are wounded after a stockpile of weapons explodes at a mosque in Iraq.
The incident took place Wednesday in Baghdad’s Sadr City while the explosive devices were reportedly being transferred to a car parked nearby.
Local residents and officials searched the rubble for survivors.
A ministry spokesperson initially described the event as a terrorist attack against civilians, but authorities have since retracted that statement.
Security forces are now investigating why weapons were being stored in the mosque.
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