Tuesday December 07, 2021

Motorcycle Bomb Kills Four in Iraq

BAGHDAD: A bomb killed four people in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday, the first such attack in years in a part of the country that has enjoyed relative stability, and a senior official said Daesh militants were suspected of carrying it out.

The blast, near a major hospital in the city, was caused by a motorbike rigged with explosives, the military said in a statement, citing preliminary information.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

“The blast carries fingerprints of Daesh,” Basra Governor Asaad al-Edani told reporters.

Bomb attacks in the Basra area have been rare — the last major one was in 2017 and claimed by Daesh. The authorities have kept a tight grip on the area where the bulk of the OPEC member’s oil is produced and exported.

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