Karbala (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi citizen was killed and three others were wounded on Saturday night in a car bomb blast in the holy city of Karbala, a security source said.
“An explosive charge hidden inside a car went off near a security checkpoint on a road between Babylon and Krabala cities,” the Arabic language Alghad Press quoted the Euphrates operations command as saying in a press statement.
“The explosion left one person killed and three others wounded,” added the source.
He noted that a security force rushed to the blast site and prevented passers-by from approaching.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.