A car bomb exploded in a market in the Iraqi capital district of Sadr City on Monday killing 11 people and wounding another 26, security officials and medical sources said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but terror group ISIS has claimed previous bombings in the capital.
According to AFP, a police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the explosion ripped through a market in northeastern Baghdad leaving “11 dead and 26 wounded”.
The explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said. The explosion also wounded 28 other people, he added, saying the death toll was expected to rise further.
Members of Iraq’s security forces were among the victims, medical sources said, confirming the toll.
The casualties were evacuated to two hospitals in Sadr City.
The explosion damaged several stalls at the market and gutted shops in the adjoining shopping center, with debris, glass and vegetables strewn across the ground, an AFP reporter said.
A plume of thick black smoke billowed from the area and people were running away in panic. At the site, twisted metal and shards of glass littered the pavement, along with vegetables and other goods sold at the market.
Bulldozers were still at midday trying to clear the area, including removing two cars destroyed in the bombing.
The mangled hull of a vehicle suspected of being the car packed with explosives could be seen in the area.