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Iraq: 23 killed, 45 injured in car bomb blast in Baghdad

No one has taken responsibility for the blast so far. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Baghdad, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq Mar 20, 2017, 09.40 PM (IST)

A car bomb blast in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has killed 23 people and injured 45. The blast happened in a mainly Shi'ite southern district. 

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast so far. 

Meanwhile, Islamic State has reportedly captured an Iraqi police colonel along with eight other officers on Monday during the ongoing battle for west Mosul, an Iraqi interior ministry official said as reported by Reuters.

The official said that the incident happened as the Iraqi forces closed in on Islamic State fighters in the Old City in west Mosul. 

Lieutenant Colonel Abdel Amir al-Mohammedawi, a media officer for the interior ministry's Rapid Response units, denied any such incident.

Federal police sources said that the officers have been killed and the Iraqi forces were trying to get their bodies, Reuters reported.

The battle for Mosul is expected to continue for several months. The offensive was launched last year in October and is supported by a US-backed coalition.

(WION with inputs from Reuters) 

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