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Iraqi officials: Car bombing in eastern Baghdad kills at least 8 people, wounds 26

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Security forces and civilians inspect the damage outside Imam Ali mosque in New Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Iraqi officials say a wave of attacks targeting commercial areas in and outside Baghdad has killed and wounding scores of people. They say the deadliest of Monday's bombings was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew up himself among Shiite worshippers who were leaving Imam Ali mosque after noon prayers in the capital's eastern New Baghdad area, killing at least 15 people and wounding 32 others.(AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

Iraqi officials say a car bomb in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad has killed at least eight people and wounded 26.

A police officer says the explosives-laden car went off in the commercial New Baghdad district on Tuesday.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

The explosion came a day after attacks in Shiite areas in several cities, including Baghdad, killed at least 58 people, among them 15 worshippers who died in a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in New Baghdad.

Iraq has faced a growing Sunni insurgency since early this year as the Islamic State group and allied militants have taken over areas in the country's west and north.