Car bomb blast kills three in central Baghdad: Medics

A photo said to be of the scene posted to social media.
A photo said to be of the scene posted to social media.PHOTO: TWITTER

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A car bomb attack on a traffic police compound in central Baghdad on Friday (April 28) killed at least three people and wounded seven, security and medical sources said.

The blast took place in Karrada, a neighbourhood that has been repeatedly targeted in recent years.

"At least three people were killed and seven wounded," a hospital official told AFP.

The toll was confirmed by a police official who said several policemen were among the victims.

One of the deadliest bombings to hit Karrada occurred in July 2016, when a suicide truck bomb explosion set teeming shopping arcades ablaze and killed more than 320 people.

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Nearly all suicide attacks are claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group, which is defending its last major Iraqi bastion of Mosul against a massive operation launched by security forces last October.

It was not immediately clear, however, whether Friday's attack, which occurred shortly before 11pm (4am on Saturday, Singapore time), was a suicide blast.