Deadly bombing targets bus near Iraqi city of Karbala

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At least eight people have been killed and several others wounded in a blast from a bomb planted on a bus near the Iraqi city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, on Friday, two local police officers said.

The Associated Press quoted local officials as saying six passengers were wounded in the blast, which occured as the bus was passing through an Iraqi army checkpoint between Karbala and the town of al-Hilla. 

They said all of the dead were civilians. It was not immediately clear whether a suicide bomber had caused the explosion. 

Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group in 2017, but the group’s sleeper cells continue to wage an insurgency and carry out sporadic attacks across the country.

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Multiple casualties after bomb goes off on bus outside Karbala

At least eight people have been killed and several others wounded in a blast from a bomb planted on a bus near the Iraqi city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, on Friday, two local police officers said. The blast took place near the main entrance to Karbala, a Muslim holy city, the police said.

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