Twin car bombs martyrs 12 in Iraqi holy city of Karbala

jos_news_karbala_blast-300x202 Twin blasts caused by car bombs rocked Iraq’s holy city of Karbala on Monday, martyred at a dozen people, medical officials and witnesses said. The explosions occurred around 15 minutes apart in the centre of the city, 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Baghdad, the witnesses said.   At least 12 people were martyred in the twin blasts and a further 55 wounded, according to a spokesman for Karbala hospital. According to the Shiite News, The first blast came when a parked vehicle exploded in front of a restaurant frequented by pilgrims to the Holy city which hosts the holy Shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) at around 12:45 pm (0945 GMT). Around 15 minutes later, a second car bomb went off around 50 metres (yards) away, in the Al-Belladiyat neighbourhood of central Karbala. The restaurant is about 200 metres (yards) from Karbala’s provincial government offices and its regional military command centre. The number of casualties could rise as emergency teams rushed the dead and wounded to hospitals, medics said. Security forces have cordoned off the area, an AFP correspondent said.


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