Car bomb explodes in a shopping area in central Baghdad

 

A car bomb has exploded in a busy shopping area in central Baghdad, killing at least 18 people and causing a massive fire, Iraqi officials say. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The explosion happened just before 1 a.m. local time on Sunday when a large explosion tore through a crowded commercial area in Karrada district. It happened as many people went to shop ahead of the holiday marking the end of the Ramadan.

Photos and videos from the scene showed shops and vehicles engulfed in flames with loud screams from people believed to be trapped. Iraqi officials told the Associated Press that at least 18 people had been killed and 45 others were injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s attack, though experts pointed to the Islamic State group (ISIS) as a likely perpetrator.

 

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