SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Iraq officials: Five car bombings in the revered Iraqi city of Karbala have killed at least 15 people, Iraqi official have said. A police officer said on Monday that the explosives-laden cars were parked in commercial areas and parking lots near government offices. He said 48 others were wounded in the explosions. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures to the Associated Press news agency.
Karbala is home to two of the most sacred Shia shrines and is located about 90km south of the capital city of Baghdad. The attacks came hours after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shia worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in a commercial area in central Baghdad, killing at least 11 people. It also came a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 21 people at a funeral in western Baghdad outside a Shia house of worship.
Baghdad has witnessed a surge in bombings in the past month, most of them claimed by ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as the government, headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi, seeks traction in its effort to subdue Sunni-dominated parts of the country seized by the group.
Source : AP/ALjazeera