A car bomb blew up near a Shiite mosque in the southern oil hub of Basra on Thursday, killing four people and wounding dozens, security officials said, as a wave of blasts killed at least 14 people across Iraq.
The bomber targeted people as they emerged from the Dawood al-Ashoor mosque in southern Basra’s Abu Khasib district, according to Ali Ghanim al-Maliki, head of the Basra Provincial Council security committee, who put the toll at four dead and 34 wounded.
Maliki said the car bomb was parked nearby but other security sources said it was detonated by a suicide bomber.
A hospital source said the blast in Basra, 420km south of Baghdad, killed three and wounded 50.
More than eight years after the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still plagued by waves of Sunni Islamist insurgents and Shiite militias that launch bombings and other attacks almost daily.