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Iraq detains suspect in minibus bombing that killed 12

Iraq's prime minister says security forces have detained a man suspected of detonating a bomb on a minibus packed with passengers outside the Shia holy city of Karbala.

Security ramped up on roads leading to Karbala with added checkpoints

Medics transport one of the victims of a bomb blast in Karbala, 100 kilometres south of Baghdad. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq's prime minister says security forces have detained a man suspected of detonating a bomb on a minibus packed with passengers outside the Shia holy city of Karbala.

The Friday night blast killed 12 people and wounded five others.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi in a statement released by his office Saturday gave no further details about the suspect.

The blast was one of the biggest attacks targeting civilians since the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was declared defeated inside Iraq in 2017.

The group's sleeper cells continue to wage an insurgency and carry out sporadic attacks across the country.

On Saturday security was tight on the roads leading to Karbala with added checkpoints searching cars.