Blast in Iraqi capital Baghdad caused by sound bomb, no casualties

Iraqi security forces remove concrete walls that were cutting the streets in the protest site area of Baghdad on October 8, 2019. (File photo: AP)

A loud explosion heard in the Iraqi capital Baghdad was caused by a sound bomb going off near a bridge where anti-government protesters have been amassing this week, police sources said on Tuesday.

The explosion caused no casualties, the sources said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi described the demands of the protesters as legitimate but warned that the situation across the country “could be heading toward the unknown.”

In a televised speech, Abdul Mahdi said that the protests which erupted in early October are rightful and in the right direction, adding that these protests pointed to accumulated mistakes that were made since 2003.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01