Car Bomb Kills 10 in South Iraq

Car Bomb Kills 10 in South Iraq

A car bomb exploded near the outskirts of the south Iraq city of Basra on Sunday, killing 10 people and wounding 16, the head of the Basra provincial council security committee said.

The bombing at a bus station came soon after another went off in the centre of Basra, Iraq’s main port city, at about 11:00 am (0800 GMT), causing no casualties, Ali al-Maliki said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but militants including those linked to Al-Qaeda target civilians, security forces and government employees in a bid to reduce confidence in the government and destabilise the country.

Attacks in Basra are relatively rare compared with other areas of Iraq, especially the centre, west and north.

Also on Sunday, a suicide bomber driving an explosives-rigged truck wounded three police near Baiji, north of Baghdad, a police colonel and a medical source said.

Violence has decreased from its peak in 2006 and 2007 when sectarian bloodshed raged between Sunni and Shiite Arabs, but 10 years after the US-led invasion, attacks remain common, killing 220 people last month, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources.

Britain-based Iraq Body Count (IBC) published a study on Sunday concluding that at least 112,000 civilians were killed in the 10 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq.

It said that, including combatants on all sides of the decade-long conflict as well as yet-undocumented fatalities, the figure could rise as high as 174,000.