A minibus exploded at a security checkpoint outside of Karbala in the night (local time) on Friday, September 20, killing at least nine people and wounding several others. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear and no group has claimed responsibility.
Further attacks are possible in Karbala over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in Karbala are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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