LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Apr 2018 10pm

Iraq Car Bomb Kills 20 In South-West Baghdad

A car bomb has exploded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing more than 20 people and wounding many others, police and medical sources say.

The blast went off in a market in the mainly Shia Amil district in the south-west of the city.

No group has said it carried out the attack but so-called Islamic State (IS) has in recent months carried out many similar bombings.

The attack comes as government forces try to recapture Mosul from IS.

More than 180,000 civilians have fled the west of the city over the past month. Reports on Monday said IS had captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers in Mosul after they ran out of ammunition.

Police say the bomb on Monday went off at a busy time in Amil, a business district of Baghdad.

Ambulances ferried the injured to nearby hospitals as the bodies of those killed were removed.

The attack comes as US President Donald Trump is due to hold his first meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Mr Abadi said in a video statement as he left Baghdad that his country was in "the final stages to eliminate IS militarily in Iraq".

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Other recent Baghdad bombings

16 February 2017: At least 48 people are killed in the third blast in the Iraqi capital in three days

08 January 2017:A car bomb at a market in the east of the city kills at least 11 people and injures dozens more

02 January 2017:At least 35 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in a busy square of the capital

31 December 2016:At least 28 people died in a double bombing claimed by IS