At least seven fighters from the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when a massive bomb explosion struck their convoy in Iraq’s North-Central Province of Salahuddin.
According to Press TV, Safa Tamimi, Spokesman for Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) – a group operating under the umbrella of the voluntary forces better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network that a bomber blew up a car rigged with explosives near the city of Samarra, situated 125 kilometers (78 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, on Thursday evening.
Tamimi added that the explosion resulted in the martyrdom of seven Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters and left three others wounded, noting that most of the fallen victims were residents of the city of Nasiriyah, which lies along the banks of the Euphrates River and is about 370 kilometers (225 miles) southeast of Baghdad.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack, but such assaults bear the hallmark of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi stressed on November 5 last year that efforts were underway to find financial sources to support Hashd al-Sha’abi forces.
“Maintaining Hashd al-Sha’abi is one of our most important duties, and I strongly support its presence. There are those who are trying to say that Hashd al-Sha’abi is temporary, but I emphasize that such a force is a necessity,” Abdul-Mahdi said.