A car packed with explosives blew up near car dealerships in Baghdad, in the Shia area of Bayaa in the south of the city. The explosion ripped through Iraq's capital shortly before sunset. At least 48 people have been killed. More than 50 people were injured.
The death toll could climb further as many of the wounded are in critical condition, a doctor said. The Islamic State group claimed Thursday's blast. Security sources said the vehicle which blew up on Thursday was parked in a crowded street full of garages and used car dealers. ISIS is on defensive after losing control of eastern Mosul to a US-backed Iraqi military offensive. This was the third car bomb in a few days. A truck bomb in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood on Wednesday killed at least 15. And at least four were killed in a car bombing on Tuesday. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from most of the cities it captured in 2014 and 2015. Iraqi government forces last month captured eastern Mosul and are now preparing an offensive on the western side that remains under the militants' control.