Car bomb attacks near Baghdad mall kill 10: Police

A screenshot of burning cars from a video posted to social media after the attack.
A screenshot of burning cars from a video posted to social media after the attack.PHOTO: TWITTER

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Two car bomb blasts outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad late on Friday (Sept 9) killed at least 10 people and wounded another 28, police and medical sources said.

One explosion came from a parked car and the other was caused by an explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber outside the Nakheel mall, a police colonel said.

The preliminary casualty toll was of at least 10 people killed and 28 wounded, the officer said. An official in Baghdad's health department confirmed the figures.

An interior ministry source also confirmed the details of the attack, which he said took place just before midnight (5am on Saturday, Singapore time).

The mall opened last year on Palestine street in central Baghdad and shops were likely to have remained open late during the weekend preceding next week's Eid al-Adha feast.

Interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said no casualties were reported inside the mall.