A rare suicide attack in an oasis town south of Baghdad killed eight people and wounded at least six on Monday, Iraqi officials said.
The attack in Ain al-Tamer involved six suicide bombers, some of whom may have been killed by security forces before they could blow themselves up.
Masum al-Tamimi, a member of the Karbala provincial council, said that six suicide bombers armed with light weapons as well as explosives tried to infiltrate Ain al-Tamer early on Monday.
But they clashed with security forces before withdrawing to the Al-Jihad area and detonating explosives there, Tamimi said, putting the death toll at eight, a figure confirmed by a doctor.
The interior ministry issued a statement on the attack, saying that five of the bombers were killed by security forces while the sixth detonated explosives inside a house.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State militant group frequently carries out suicide bombings in Iraq.