Motorcycle explosion in southern Iraqi city kills at least 2

AP , Tuesday 7 Dec 2021

An explosion rocked the center of Iraq's southern city of Basra on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding two others, according to local officials.

Basra explosion
Motorcycle explosion in southern Iraqi city kills at least 2, on Monday, Dec. 7, 2021. AP

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, which sent a column of black smoke into the sky. Local news reports initially reported a car bomb, but the governor of Basra, Asaad al-Idani, told reporters on the scene that a motorcycle had exploded.

It was not immediately clear whether a bomb had been rigged to the motorcycle or if it was a suicide bombing.

The governor said two people were killed and two were wounded, according to an initial count. He said two cars were set ablaze from the explosion.

Explosions have been rare in Basra in recent years, particularly since the defeat of ISIS in 2017.

The oil-rich Basra is predominantly Shia. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion. There was no immediate comment from Iraqi officials in Baghdad.

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