A car bomb in Baghdad has killed at least 45 people and wounded nearly 50 others, Iraq’s interior ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan confirmed the toll from the attack, which took place in the south-western al-Bayaa neighbourhood.

Islamic State (IS) claimed the attack in an online statement.

Iraqi officials had earlier said the bomb targeted car dealerships.

The extremist group has carried out near-daily attacks in Baghdad despite suffering military setbacks elsewhere in the country, including in the northern city of Mosul, where US-backed Iraqi forces have been waging a major operation since October.


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