The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed a bomb blast that killed 12 people near the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Karbala the previous day.
The blast aboard a bus at a checkpoint north of Karbala also wounded five people, according to the city’s health authorities.
Security forces said Saturday that they had arrested a man suspected of placing the explosives on the bus before it disembarked.
Iraq declared victory against IS in late 2017 after three years of a brutal fight against the extremist Sunni group, which had specifically targeted Shiite gatherings.
Jihadist sleeper cells have continued to carry out hit-and-run attacks against read more >>>