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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 September 2018

Baghdad car bomb rips though busy market

At least 10 people have been killed and 28 others wounded, officials say

A firefighter hoses down the site of a car bomb attack at Jamila market in Sadr City, Baghdad, on August 28, 2017. Wissm Al Okili / Reuters
A firefighter hoses down the site of a car bomb attack at Jamila market in Sadr City, Baghdad, on August 28, 2017. Wissm Al Okili / Reuters

At least 10 people were killed in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning in a car bombing that ripped through a busy market.

A police officer said the explosives-laden car went off on Monday morning at the wholesale Jamila market in the Shiite district of Sadr City.

The explosion wounded 28 other people and the death toll is expected to rise, he added.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures.

"It was a thunderous explosion," said Hussein Kadhim, a 35-year old porter and father of three who was wounded in his right leg. "It sounds that the security situation is still uncontrollable and I'm afraid that such bombings will make a comeback."

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At least one soldier was seen being evacuated from the scene, which was sealed off by security forces.

ISIL quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing. The Sunni militants consider Shiites to be apostates and have frequently claimed attacks on Shiite-dominated areas of Iraq.

The attack comes as US-backed Iraqi forces are in the final stages of recapturing the northern town of Tal Afar from ISIL, about 150 kilometres from Syria's border.

On Sunday, the Iraqi military said it had "fully liberated" the centre of Tal Afar from the extremists. On Monday, troops fought the militants on the outskirts of Al Ayadia district, about 10 kilometres north-west of Tal Afar, where most of the remaining ISIL fighters fled to.

Tal Afar was one of the few remaining towns in Iraq still in ISIL hands following the liberation of Mosul in July from the extremist group. The militants still control the northern town of Hawija, however, as well as Qaim, Rawa and Ana, all in western Iraq near the Syrian border.

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