Car bomb kills 11 in Baghdad's Sadr City: medics, security

Baghdad (AFP) –


A car bomb in the Iraqi capital's Shiite-majority district of Sadr City on Monday killed 11 people and wounded another 26, security officials and medical sources said.

A police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the bombing in northeastern Baghdad left "11 dead and 26 wounded".

Members of Iraq's security forces were among the victims, medical sources said, confirming the toll.

Security sources said the bombing occurred near one of Baghdad's largest shopping centres at around 10:30 am (0730 GMT).

The casualties were evacuated to two hospitals in Sadr City.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State jihadist group has claimed previous bombings in the capital.

The car bomb comes as Iraqi forces and the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition dominated by Shiite fighters, some from Sadr City, battle IS members in their last pocket in the northern province of Nineveh.