Middle East

IS car bombing kills at least 12 civilians in Iraqi capital

  • Mourners carry the Iraqi flag-draped coffins of bomb victims during their funeral procession in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. A car bombing in a bustling commercial area at Karradah neighborhood has killed and wounded civilians, late Monday, officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Mourners carry the Iraqi flag-draped coffins of bomb victims during their funeral procession in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. A car bombing in a bustling commercial area at Karradah neighborhood has killed and wounded civilians, late Monday, officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather at the site of a car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. A car bombing in a bustling commercial area at Karradah neighborhood has killed and wounded civilians, late Monday, officials said. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

    People gather at the site of a car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. A car bombing in a bustling commercial area at Karradah neighborhood has killed and wounded civilians, late Monday, officials said. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man cleans the site of a car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. A car bombing in a bustling commercial area at Karradah neighborhood has killed and wounded civilians, late Monday, officials said. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

    A man cleans the site of a car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. A car bombing in a bustling commercial area at Karradah neighborhood has killed and wounded civilians, late Monday, officials said. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say a car bombing in a bustling commercial area in central Baghdad has killed at least 12 civilians.

A police officer said Tuesday that the explosives-laden car, which was left in a parking lot in the Shiite-dominated district of Karradah, exploded late Monday. He says up to 28 people were wounded and at least 15 cars were damaged.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information.

In an online statement, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. The Associated Press could not verify the authenticity of the statement, but it was posted on militant websites commonly used by the extremists.

In July, an IS-claimed bombing killed nearly 300 people in Karradah.