BAGHDAD – A suicide attack in an oasis town south of Baghdad killed eight people and wounded at least six on Monday, Iraqi officials confirmed.

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.

However, 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, Al Manar tv reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.