Officials say car bombing in commercial area of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, kills 5 people

Authorities in Iraq say a car bombing in a neighborhood of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, has killed five people.

Police say the blast Thursday night happened in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City and also wounded 14 people. They say it struck a commercial area of the neighborhood.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures from the attack. All official spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to speak to journalists.

Violence has surged in Iraq since last year, with the country weathering its deadliest bout of violence since it pulled back from the brink of civil war in 2008. Iraq also is heading toward a crucial parliamentary election on April 30, its first since the 2011 U.S. troop pullout.