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Iraqi police arrest suspect of Karbala minibus explosion

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi

Iraqi security forces arrested a suspect linked to Karbala minibus explosion that left 12 people dead and wounded five others, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday without providing any further details about the suspect.

The blast was one of the biggest attacks targeting civilians since ISIS was declared defeated inside Iraq in 2017.

The group’s sleeper cells continue to wage an insurgency and carry out sporadic attacks across the country.

On Saturday security was tight on the roads leading to Karbala with added checkpoints searching cars.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the ISIS militant group, in many cases, was responsible for attacks targeting security forces and crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country late in 2017.

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