Vehicle bomb attack kills at least 23, injures dozens in Iraq's capital

Car bomb attack in Iraqi capital kills at least 23, injures dozens

23 killed in car bomb in Baghdad

At least 15 people were killed and 33 others wounded on Monday in a auto bomb explosion at a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua.

The explosion occurred on a busy commercial street in the Amil neighbourhood, sources said.

The Iraqi capital is frequently targeted by jihadists from various extremist groups, including Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which is now being pushed by the US-assisted Iraqi Army from the city of Mosul. On Sunday, a roadside bomb explosion killed one soldier and injured two others in the western part of the city.

More than 180,000 civilians have fled the west of the city over the past month.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however, previously Daesh was behind most of the attacks in Iraq.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-IS worldwide coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out the IS militants from its last major stronghold in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. Nearly 100,000 Iraqis have been displaced by the fighting in the days since February 25, according to the latest estimates of the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the total number could reach 450,000.

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