Karbala rocket launchers captured

arrestedKARBALA, Iraq: Five men involved in launching the Katyusha rockets that hit Shiite pilgrims in Karbala city yesterday were all captured, a local security source said on Wednesday.

“The arrests occurred less than one hour after the attack,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

He explained that eight launching pads, four of them ready to use, were seized during the arrest operation.

Earlier, a media medical source said that the toll of casualties caused by yesterday’s rocket attack on Karbala city has reached seven dead and 46 injuries.

“One woman is among the dead,” the media medical source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

He noted that 10 women are among the injuries.

But a local medical source said that six people were killed and 30 others wounded when two rockets hit the area near the Imam Hussein Shrine, central Karbala city.

“The attack occurred Tuesday (July 27) evening when the two rockets fell only 1 km from the shrine,” the local medical source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

The holy city of Karbala lies 110 km southwest of Baghdad.


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