Iraqi officials: Baghdad car bomb kills 8

Iraqi officials say a car bomb during rush hour in Baghdad's downtown shopping district has killed eight people and wounded 24.

The blast shook buildings and windows blocks away on Thursday morning. A gray cloud of smoke hung over the blast site in the mostly Shiite neighborhood of Karradah where cars were charred and crumpled.

Police say the car exploded near a security checkpoint. Officials at nearby Ibn al-Nafis and al-Rahibat hospitals confirmed the casualties. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Associated Press footage showed blood-covered people walking away from the scene. Storefronts at several nearby shops were damaged.


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