BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi safety officers mentioned the demise toll in an explosion on a minibus Friday outdoors the Shiite holy metropolis of Karbala has climbed to 12.
In accordance with the officers, 5 passengers had been additionally wounded within the blast, which occurred because the bus was passing by way of an Iraqi military checkpoint between Karbala and the city of al-Hilla.
The officers mentioned all of these killed had been civilians who died within the explosion and subsequent hearth within the bus. They spoke on situation of anonymity consistent with rules.
There was no speedy declare of accountability.
Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group in 2017, however the group’s sleeper cells proceed to wage an insurgency and perform sporadic assaults throughout the nation.
Related Press author Murtada Faraj contributed reporting.