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Iraq: Explosion Rocks Southern City, Local News Reports Multiple Casualties

According to the local reports, it was likely a car bomb that sent a column of black smoke into the sky at the southern Iraq's city of Basra.

Iraq: Explosion Rocks Southern City, Local News Reports Multiple Casualties
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A large explosion rocked the center of Iraq's southern city of Basra on Monday, with local news reports saying there are multiple casualties.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, which sent a column of black smoke into the sky. Local reports said it was likely a car bomb.

Explosions have been rare in Basra in recent years, particularly since the defeat of the Sunni militant Islamic State group in 2017.

The oil-rich Basra is predominantly Shiite. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.

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