Blast kills six in Iraqi oil city Basra

Basra–A roadside bomb targeting a US military convoy exploded near a civilian bus in the southern oil hub of Basra on Sunday, killing six people and wounding a dozen others, a provincial official said.

The attack occurred in a northern district of Basra and many of the victims were women and children, Ali al-Maliki, the head of the Basra provincial council's security committee, said.

Basra Deputy Governor Ahmed Hamid confirmed that the blast occurred near a prison in the al-Maaqal district of northern Basra.

"A roadside bomb exploded near a civilian bus," Hamid said. "Most of the casualties are civilian. The explosion happened near the prison and was targeting a US patrol."

US troops surrounded the scene of the blast along with Iraqi security forces, according to Reuters television video.

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