Two bombs within minutes of each other exploded at a restaurant early Wednesday in Iraq's shrine city of Karbala, wounding at least 26 people, police and medical officials said.
An Iraqi soldier stands guard along a highway near Karbala. (AFP Photo)
The first bomb targeted diners inside the restaurant in the heart of the city, located 110 kilometres (69 miles) south of the capital Baghdad, around 9:00 am (0600 GMT), causing several injuries, police said.
However, a second bomb minutes later, after an ambulance and medics had arrived to help the wounded, caused most of the casualties.
A senior health official for Karbala province told AFP that at least 26 people had been wounded in the attacks.