The Interior Ministry said an ammunitions cache was detonated in Sadr City.
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Iraqi religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr called on his followers Thursday to remain calm after an explosion killed 18 people in his main stronghold in Baghdad just hours after Parliament called for a recount of votes in an election his bloc won.Hours before the explosion, Iraq's Parliament passed a law Wednesday ordering a nationwide manual recount of votes in the parliamentary election, lawmakers said, a day after Abadi said there had been serious violations.Iraq's judiciary said in a statement Thursday a high-ranking committee of judges had moved into the headquarters of the election commission to prepare to run it following Parliament's vote to suspend the commission's leaders and replace them with judges.Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdel-Sattar Bayrkdar said the group of top jurists, who are appointed by parliament, will meet Sunday to select judges who will run the commission and supervise the manual recount requested by the law.
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