Iraqi authorities say two car bombs have killed eight people and wounded 21 others in the country’s south.

Two police officials said that the first blast took place near a parking lot near the Tax Department in the centre of Basra. Fifteen minutes later, a second bomb went off near an outdoor market in another part of the oil-rich city.

Basra is 550 kilometres (340 miles) south-east of Baghdad.

Both police officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Basra lawmaker Suzan al-Saad confirmed the casualties.

Attacks are rare in Shiite-dominated Basra, which is considered relatively violence-free compared to other parts of the country.

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