Two car bombs have detonated in the holy city of Karbala, Iraq, news sources reported.
At least four people were killed and 9 others wounded in the twin blasts that took place on Wednesday morning, Al-Mayadeen website reported.
The terrorist attacks are believed to have been carried out by members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
On Tuesday, security forces had managed to chase off several ISIL members who were attempting to enter Karbala province to carry out suicide bombings.
Iraq has witnessed an upsurge in violence over the past year, with al-Qaeda-linked militants regaining momentum in the country.
Early on Tuesday morning, ISIL terrorists captured the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh.
After taking the provincial capital of Mosul and parts of Kirkuk, the al-Qaeda-linked militants also captured two areas of Iraq’s Salaheddin province.