September 20, 2019 / 6:35 PM / 3 months ago

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

HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - A bus bombing killed at least 12 people and wounded several others on Friday near Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala, 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.

They said the wounded were rushed to hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Such attacks in the mostly Shi’ite 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.

Reporting by Ali Hafthi in Hilla, John Davison in Baghdad; Additional reporting by by Ahmed Tolba in Cairo; Writing by John Davison; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Daniel Wallis

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