UPDATED: Car bomb kills 11 in Baghdad's Sadr City

AP , Monday 28 Aug 2017

A fighter of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) walks through the dust carrying a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher, during the advance through the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after the Iraqi government announced the launch of the operation to retake it from Islamic State (IS) group control, on August 26, 2017 (Photo: AFP)

Iraqi officials say a car bomb has ripped through a busy market area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounded another 26, security officials and medical sources said.

A police officer says the explosives-laden car went off on Monday morning at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad's Shia district of Sadr City. He says the explosion also wounded 26 other people and that the death toll is expected to rise.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they aren't authorized to talk to journalists.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Islamic State group often claims responsibility for large-scale attacks targeting Shiacivilians in Iraq's capital.

The attack comes as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are in final stages of recapturing the northern town of Tal Afar from IS group.

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