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Bus bombing kills 12 people near Iraqi city of Karbala: security services

2019-09-21

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SULAIMANI — A bus bombing killed at least 12 people and wounded several others on Friday (September 20) near Iraq’s holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, a statement from Iraqi security services said.

Two police spokesmen in the area said an explosive device planted on the bus detonated at a northern entrance to the city, setting fire to the vehicle, according to Reuters.

They said the wounded were rushed to hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) condemned the attack in a statement, saying that it was committed “to working with the Baghdad government to promote peace and security.”

Such attacks in the mostly Shia Muslim south of Iraq have been rare in recent years, especially after the territorial defeat of Islamic State in Iraq in 2017 and the routing of its al Qaeda predecessors in the mid-2000s.

Islamic State insurgents have continued to carry out regular attacks mostly against security forces in the north of the country, however.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)