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Explosion kills at least 16 people in Baghdad.

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At least 16 people were killed and dozens injured after an arms depot exploded in the Sadr City district of the Iraqi capital late Wednesday, security and medical sources said.

“An arms depot exploded… The security forces have opened an inquiry to determine the cause,” Baghdad’s security operations command said in a statement.



A senior police source told AFP on condition of anonymity that the blast was caused by heavy weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades and shells, belonging to an armed group and stored in a house.

He said at least 16 people were killed and some 32 injured in the explosion.

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Medical sources confirmed the toll and said that women and children were found among the victims.

Sources said the blast struck near a Shiite mosque in the district of northeast Baghdad.

Witnesses reported heavy material damage to homes and other buildings in the Sadr City district, which is a stronghold of populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr.

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Snowstorm kills one in North Carolina -US

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A snow storm has swept through the US’s south-eastern states, killing at least one person and leaving 298.000 people with electricity outage.



the authorities has declared state of emergency in North Carolina after the snow storm weigh stronger and the situation has also lead to cancellation of flights across the region.

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Authorities confirmed that one man died after a tree fell on his car. A search is under way for a driver whose vehicle was found in a river.

As a result, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told news agency. the state’s “biggest concern” was not the snow but “ice making roads even more dangerous”.

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The police has disclosed that almost 60 crashes were reported in Virginia, with the number rising to 500 in North Carolina between midnight and 11:00 local time on Sunday.

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The nation weather service lead forecaster Michael Schichtel had predicted the outcome of the storm to be a dangerous system in a tweet.

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Sudan Helicopter mishap leaves Governor, six others dead.

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At least seven local government officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Sudan’s eastern al-Qadarif state on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported.



The state’s governor and three security officials were among the dead. A number of people were also injured in the incident, SUNA said.

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The officials had been carrying out a security tour of the province.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. State TV earlier reported that a plane, not a helicopter, had crashed. Al-Qadarif state is known for its farmland and agricultural projects.

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