Car bomb kills at least 23, wounds more than 45 in south Baghdad

A picture taken with a mobile phone on February 16, 2017 shows burnt vehicles at the scene of a massive car bomb which killed dozens in a used car market in southern Baghdad
Ahmad MOUSA (AFP)
IS captures Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers in western Mosul

At least 23 people were killed and another 45 wounded Monday when a car bomb exploded in south Baghdad, police and hospital officials told the Associated Press. 

According to reports, the blast occurred on a busy street commercial street in the Amil neighborhood, located in a mainly Shi'ite area of the city. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which bore all the hallmarks of a suicide attack by the Islamic State group.

Shortly before the blast Reuters reported that in western Mosul an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers had been captured by IS militants around 3:00 am local time. 

The radical Sunni jihadist group is under assault in both Iraq -- in the country's second city Mosul which IS seized in June 2014 -- and in neighboring Syria.

In that year, the jihadists took vast swathes of Iraqi territory north and west of the capital.

Iraqi government forces backed by the US-led international coalition have since retaken many cities, including Tikrit.

But as IS has lost ground in Iraq, it has also retained the ability to stage regular attacks there.

(Staff with agencies)

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