Iraqi police say a parked car exploded at a market in the mainly Shia Muslim district of the capital city, killing at least four people and injuring 17 others.

A member of security forces inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq on April 15, 2021.
A member of security forces inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraq on April 15, 2021. (Reuters)

Four people have been killed and another 17 wounded in a car bomb attack in the sprawling Sadr City district of Baghdad, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

The car was parked at a busy second-hand equipment market in the mainly Shia Muslim district, police said on Thursday.

An Iraqi military statement said a blast in an eastern Baghdad market killed one civilian, wounded twelve others and set several vehicles on fire.

Black smoke was rising from the market place and ambulances rushed to save the wounded, said Reuters witnesses.

Suicide attacks, once an almost daily occurrence in the Iraqi capital, have halted in recent years since Daesh fighters were defeated in 2017, part of an overall improvement in security that has brought normal life back to Baghdad.

A rare suicide attack claimed by Daesh  militants rocked a Baghdad crowded market in January, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big bombing for three years.

Thursday's attack came one day after an explosives-laden drone targeted US forces at Iraq's Erbil airport in northern Iraq and a separate rocket attack killed a Turkish soldier at a military base nearby.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies