Car bomb in Iraq’s holy city of Kar­bala kills 7

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BAGH­DAD—A car bomb in Iraq’s holy city of Kar­bala killed seven civil­ians and wounded nearly two dozen on Tues­day, of­fi­cials said.

The bomb went off in a com­mer­cial area in the city, which is some 90 kilo­me­ters south of Bagh­dad, a po­lice of­fi­cial said. Kar­bala is home to the Imam Hus­sein Shrine, one of the holi­est sites in Is­lam. No one im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the attack.

Bagh­dad has seen a string of near-daily at­tacks in re­cent weeks, but mainly south­ern Iraq has largely been spared from the vi­o­lence. Sep­a­rate bomb­ings in and around Bagh­dad killed an­other seven civil­ians on Tues­day, po­lice said. Med­i­cal of­fi­cials con­firmed the ca­su­alty fig­ures. All of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not autho­rised to brief re­porters.— AP

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