Police: Car bomb kills 5 in Baghdad

AP News
Posted: Aug 31, 2011 3:56 PM
Police: Car bomb kills 5 in Baghdad

Iraqi police say explosion of a car bomb parked outside a shopping area in southwestern Baghdad has killed 5 people and wounded 22.

A Baghdad policeman said the Wednesday night blast appeared to target a passing security patrol in the capital's mixed Sunni-Shiite neighborhood of Jihad. Five policemen were wounded in the explosion.

A medic at al-Yarmouk hospital confirmed the casualties. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

The blast hit shoppers on a balmy evening as many Iraqis celebrated the Eid holiday that follows a month of fasting and prayer during Ramadan. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Violence has dropped in Iraq, but deadly attacks still happen almost every day.