A massive car bomb explosion has ripped through a busy market area in the eastern part of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 30 others.
An Iraqi police officer said the blast on Monday took place after an explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad’s Shia district of Sadr City.
The explosion also wounded 28 other people, the police officer added, saying the death toll was expected to rise higher.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks; however, Daesh Takfiri militants have many times carried out large-scale attacks targeting the Shia community in Iraq’s capital.
The blast comes as Iraqi forces, backed by Hashd al-Sha’abi volunteer fighters, continue to make gains against Daesh in northern Iraq, pushing the terrorist to the verge of collapse in the country.