One arrest made over Baghdad airport attack: Iraqi security source

One arrest made over Baghdad airport attack: Iraqi security source
Iraqi security forces have detained one suspect believed to be involved in the Friday rockets attacks on the Baghdad international airport
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30 January, 2022
The suspect is currently being interrogated. No further details were given [Getty- archive]

Iraqi security forces on Sunday arrested a suspect believed to be involved in the recent missile attack on the Baghdad international airport.

"The suspect was arrested a security checkpoint in the Sarha area, north of the Diyala governorate," according to a report by The New Arab's Arabic-language service Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, which cited a security source quoted by local Iraqi media outlets.

The report added that the detainee was being interrogated. No further information was given.

Local security forces had previously announced that they had an "important lead" regarding the perpetrators behind Friday's attack.

At least three rockets struck near Baghdad's airport and an adjacent military base that hosts US and other coalition advisors on Friday, damaging an abandoned commercial plane but causing no casualties, Iraqi officials said.

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The attack was the latest in a series of rocket and drone strikes that have targeted US presence in Iraq since the start of the year.

Pro-Iran Shia factions in Iraq vowed revenge for the January 2020 killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, taken out in a US strike.

A low-level Islamic State[IS] group insurgency also continued in Iraq, with a number of security personnels being targeted in attacks in recent days. The Iraqi army has carried out extensive airstrikes on IS cells, killing several militants.