/Bomb blast near the holy city of Karbala killed

Bomb blast near the holy city of Karbala killed

This was the largest civilian attack since the extremist Islamic State group was declared defeated inside Iraq in 2017.

According to Iraqi security officials and the state news agency, a bomb packed with passengers outside the Shia holy city of Karbala exploded, killing 12 people and injuring five others.

This was the largest civilian attack since the extremist Islamic State group was declared defeated inside Iraq in 2017.

The group’s sleeper cells continue an insurgency and carry out sporadic attacks across the country. The explosion occurred on Friday night as the bus passed through an Iraqi army outpost about 10 kilometers (6 mi) south of Karbala in the direction of the city of Al-Hill.

Officials said all civilians killed in the blast were killed and the bus later caught fire. All the officials spoke on the condition of anonymity as per the rules.

Responsibility for the attack was not immediately claimed. This occurred during a sacred period marked by Shiites in Iraq between two important religious events, Ashura and Arbeen.

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