Car bomb kills 5 in southern Iraqi city of Basra
Sunday, November 7, 2010
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a car bomb has exploded in the southern city of Basra, killing at least five people and injuring 15. It was the third car bombing to hit a Shiite city on Monday.
Police and hospital officals in Basra say the bomb exploded near a restaurant in the southwestern part of Iraq's second largest city.
Car bombs also struck the country's two holiest cities for Shiite Muslims, Karbala and Najaf, killing 16 people.
The attacks are a reminder that insurgents remain determined to destabilize the country. Militants hit the three Iraqi cities as the leaders of major political blocs met for the first time on Monday after an inconclusive election in March.
The talks aimed to break the eight-month deadlock over forming a new government.