- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2011

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Seven people were killed Wednesday when three bombs hidden in motorcycles exploded in a southern Iraqi city, authorities said.

Maj. Majid Hussein of the Basra police said the bombs went off Wednesday evening near cafes where young people were sitting and drinking soft drinks.

He said 24 people were wounded in the blasts.

Basra, a center of oil production, is 340 milessoutheast of Baghdad.


A hospital official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the death toll. He did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.