The popular crowd confirms the killing of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qasim Soleimani, near Baghdad Airport
On Friday dawn, the PMF issued a statement confirming the killing of the deputy head of the PMF, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and the commander of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, near Baghdad Airport.
The crowd’s flags said in a statement received (Baghdad Today), “The deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Organization, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and the commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani, have been martyred by an American raid targeting their wheels on the road to Baghdad International Airport.”
The official station, “Al-Iraqiya”, had reported on the dawn of Friday (January 3, 2019) the assassination of the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Organization, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The station quoted a source in the media of the popular crowd, whom it did not name, that “Vice President of the organization Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and Commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani were martyred by shelling targeting their wheel on the road to the capital Baghdad airport.”
According to security sources, the engineer and Soleimani arrived on a plane from Syria to Baghdad Airport, and as they were exiting from it, the vehicle they were traveling in was targeted, along with the official crowd relations officer and a number of his Iraqi companions, who numbered about 4 people.
In the middle of the night Thursday-Friday, explosions were heard near Baghdad airport, while the security media cell confirmed in a statement that its source was the occurrence of 3 Katyusha rockets in the vicinity of the international airport.
In turn, the deputy and the spokesperson for the PMF, Ahmed Al-Asadi, mourned both the deputy head of the PMF Jamal Jaafar (Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis) and the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani.
Al-Asadi said in a brief statement, at dawn on Friday (January 3, 2020): “May God reward you with the loss of the brave leaders, Haji Soleimani and Al-Hajj Al-Muhandis. May God bless them as martyrs of the mercy of his mercy.
Before that, a security source said, on Friday, that the official of the Popular Mobilization Organization, along with a number of his companions, were killed in the bombing of Baghdad Airport.
The source told (Baghdad Today), “The honorary official of the Popular Mobilization Organization, Muhammad Reda, was martyred along with two of his companions and 3 guests on the internal road to Baghdad International Airport in the bombing of the airport.”
The security expert, Hisham Al-Hashemi, said in a tweet on Twitter, “Those who were targeted on the internal road to Baghdad Airport, are from the honorary circle of the popular crowd, Mohammad Reza, Hassan Resistance, and Muhammad al-Shaibani, and 3 guests of Iranian nationality.”
The Security Media Cell had confirmed, on Friday, the fall of 3 missiles at Baghdad International Airport. Source