Iraq ambulance
© AFP 2019/Karim Sahib
Ambulance in Karbala, Iraq
The Daesh* terror group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the minivan bombing that killed 12 near the Iraqi city of Karbala, the Daesh-linked Amaq news agency said.

The bomb was set off on Friday near the northern entrance to the city, revered by Shiite Muslims. It reportedly triggered a fire and a blast in the gas-powered vehicle.

A suspect thought to have planted the bomb has been detained, according to al-Sumaria television channel.

Iraqi security forces continue to root out militants after announcing Daesh defeat in 2017.