Car bomb kills nine in central Baghdad

A car bomb exploded near a hospital in central Baghdad, killing at least nine people, police said.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

FILE PHOTO: A suicide bombing in early July rocked Baghdad's popular Karada district, killing at least 300 people.

Updated Sep 6, 2016

A bomb attack in central Baghdad late Monday killed nine people and injured more than 20, police said.

Police said an explosives-laden truck detonated near the Abdel Majid hospital in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood, a little before midnight local time, setting nearby shops on fire.

The blast left 20 people injured with the death toll set to rise as emergency services assist with removing casulties from the scene, a police source said. The figures were confirmed by interior ministry sources.

Iraqis attend Friday prayers during Eid al-Fitr at the site of July's car bomb attack in Baghdad.

On 3 July, a coordinated bomb attack, the worst ever in Baghdad’s history, hit the same location, killing more than 300 people and injured almost 200.

DAESH has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Amaq, a news agency linked to the terror organization. 

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