At around 09:20 (local time) on Wednesday, September 30, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near a private security company (PSC) detail while in transit between Baghdad International Airport (BGW) and the International Zone (IZ). The blast reportedly occurred in the area of the intersection of the Qadisiyah Expressway and the Airport Road. It was not immediately clear whether the PSC was specifically targeted, and there have been no initial reports of casualties.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the blast in the near term, along with localized transport disruptions.
Those in Baghdad are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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