A Car bomb blast has rocked the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least seven people.
Nobody has taken the responsibility of the blast. Also on Sunday, seven vehicles rigged with explosives went off in five cities south of the capital Baghdad during morning rush hour, killing at least 20 people and wounding 56 others in mostly Shia areas of Iraq. Car bombs went off in Kut, Aziziyah, Mahmudiyah, Nasiriyah and Basra, officials said. In central Basra, an anti - bomb police chief and two of his deputies were killed in an explosion which ripped through the police headquarter, a correspondent reported. The war - shattered state has come under considerable attacks in recent months, bringing the total death toll to 2,000 since April, an unprecedented number since 2008.