“Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad Maan, spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and the police.
Tayyaran Square is a bustling centre of commerce and a place where day labourers gather in the early morning waiting for jobs.
It has been the site of deadly attacks in the past. An AFP photographer at the site of the bombing said many ambulances had gathered and security forces had been deployed in large numbers.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of the Islamic State militants group. In December, the government announced the “end of the war” against IS, which has been expelled from the Baghdad region and urban areas of Iraq that it controlled.
Militants elements are still active, however, north of Baghdad.
They screened 180 houses and checked more than 240 people
Unidentified miscreants stormed police lines with a grenade in the wee hours on Friday, causing no casualty
In a separate incident, unidentified persons opened fire at a house killing six of a family