Monday, November 8, 2010

Deadly explosion strikes Iraq city of Basra - Video

An explosion in the southern Iraqi city of Basra has left at least five people dead and 37 more injured, hospital sources say.

The explosion, reportedly caused by a car bomb, struck a busy street in the city's south-western Qibla district.

Earlier in the day, two bombings in Iraq's holy Shia cities of Karbala and Najaf killed at least 14 people.

Basra, in the largely Shia Muslim south of Iraq, has been comparatively free of insurgent violence this year.

However, a twin car bomb attack in August left more than 40 people dead.

Monday's three attacks came as Iraq's top political leaders met publicly for the first time with the aim of ending a protracted crisis over forming a new government. BBC

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