Iranian media confirms
Drone strike in Baghdad kills senior Kataib Hezbollah figures
BAGHDAD — A drone strike in the eastern part of Baghdad on Wednesday evening resulted in the death of a commander within Kataib Hezbollah.
According to two security sources cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP), the drone targeted a four-wheel drive vehicle in the Al-Mashtal area, striking it with three missiles. The attack was confirmed by a second security source, who disclosed that the vehicle was occupied by a leader in the Kataib Hezbollah group. The incident has not yet elicited an official comment. The official security media cell said in a brief statement that they were investigating the case.
Iranian media outlets reported the killing of Abu Baqir Al-Saadi, described him as a prominent leader in the Iraqi resistance. Iranian media in Arabic announced the “martyrdom” of Al-Saadi, labeling the strike as “heinous American targeting.” Al-Saadi was celebrated as an active member and a significant figure within the Islamic resistance in Iraq. Hamas spokesperson described him as a martyr on the path of Jerusalem. Iran-affiliated platforms mourned the loss of Al-Saadi, acknowledging his role in the resistance.
Iranian Al-Alam TV also reported a second attack targeting the Jamila area east of Baghdad.
In the aftermath of the strike, crowds gathered at the site, protesting against American involvement and chanting “Death to America” slogans.
Footage from the scene showed a civilian vehicle engulfed in flames, which was promptly addressed by civil defense teams extinguishing the fire.
Local residents had reported hearing explosions in the Al-Mashtal area preceding the vehicle’s burning, hinting at the sequence of events leading to the tragedy.