The Wahhabi terrorist organisation Daesh (also known as ISIS), has on Saturday claimed responsibility for the bus bombing that killed 12 people near the Iraqi holy city of Karbala.
Terrorists planted an explosive device on a bus at an entrance to the city, two police spokesmen said.
The blast was one of the biggest attacks targeting civilians since ISIS was militarily defeated in Iraq in 2017.
The terrorist 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.
The security situation in Iraq has generally dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the Daesh terrorist organisation across the country in late 2017.
The Iraqi Armed Forces where supported in this endeavor by the highly successful Hashd al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilisation Forces), a coalition of self-defence forces that was founded after a fatwa by the highly influential and popular cleric Marja Sayyid Ali al-Sistani.
While the Republic of Iraq, supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran, scored a major victory and eradicated most of Daesh from the country, the organisation still remains active in organising terrorist attacks against civilians. The holy city of Karbala, the place where the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Imam Husayn, was martyred, is often seen as a target by Wahhabi extremist groups such as Daesh.