The Iraqi police sources reported on Saturday that at least 2 people were killed and 51 others were injured after a gas pipeline exploded in southern Iraq, according to Reuters.
Police said that the explosion occurred on Friday night near al-Samawah southern city located 270 km south of Baghdad.
A military statement said that the pipeline explosion led to the killing of 2 children and wounding of 28, among them 9 members of the Popular Mobilization Forces.
The statement added that the causes of the explosion are still anonymous, and that firefighting crews are still trying to extinguish the fires.
Police sources said that the pipeline passes near a camp of the Mobilization Forces near al-Samawah.
Iraqi energy officials said that the local pipeline transports gas from some southern fields to feed power stations in some southern cities and a major power station near Baghdad.