At least four civilians dead and four others were injured in a explosion that shook the center of the city of Basra, in the south of Iraqthe Iraqi army said. In a statement Tuesday, the military said a motorcycle equipped with explosives was the cause of the blast, which sent a column of black smoke into the sky.
Iraq’s Security Media Cell, an outlet affiliated with the country’s security forces, said all four people died as a result of the fire in two cars that were close to the motorcycle.
“Forensic experts and specialized technical teams are still present at the scene of the accident to determine its nature and give more details about the nature of the accident,” said Saad Maan, head of Security Media Cell, it’s a statement.
“The cell will announce further details in a subsequent statement after completing the investigations and technical reports,” he added.
Where did the explosion take place in Iraq?
In a statement, a high-level security source told the Rudaw media network that the blast took place in front of the al-Jumhouri hospital in the center of the city, at the al-Samoud intersection.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. Basra Governor Asaad al-Edani told reporters that the explosion “bears Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) fingerprints.”
AmericanPost.News reports that the last time ISIL carried out an attack in a major Iraqi city was in July, when a suicide bomber killed 35 people in a crowded Baghdad market. ISIS is currently stealing thousands of sheep in Syria to finance terror cells.
Bomb attacks in Iraq are particularly rare
Bomb attacks in southern Iraq, where most of the country’s oil is produced, are relatively rare, particularly since the defeat of the armed group ISIL (ISIS) in 2017.
There has been an increase in political instability in Iraq following the October 10 parliamentary elections in which populist leader Muqtada al-Sadr emerged as the biggest winner.
Armed Shiite factions loyal to Iran that lost about two-thirds of their parliamentary seats have rejected the election results, citing fraud.
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