'Several killed' in Baghdad blast

Car bomb explodes in a popular market as people head home after Friday prayers.

    Victims were treated in a nearby hospital [Reuters]
    Security forces sealed off the area, which is close to the Iraqi interior ministry and houses one of Baghdad's main bus stations, AFP reported.

    A double car bombing in the same area in January this year left more than 80 people dead.

    Market attacks 

    Fighters have frequently attacked markets across Iraq, particularly in Baghdad.

    Last month, two bombs hidden in cardboard boxes used to carry animals exploded in the city's al-Ghazal pet market, killing at least 13 people.

    The latest attack comes at the end of a relatively quiet holiday period in Baghdad.

    According to the US military, violence across the country is down nearly 60 per cent.

    But attacks continue in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, where military commanders say many fighters that previously controlled parts of the capital have fled.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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