A parked car bomb went off near a police patrol at noon Friday in Baghdad's downtown shopping district, killing four people, including two policemen, the police said.
The blast also wounded 15 people, mostly civilians, a police officer said speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to release the information. Several nearby shops and two cars were also damaged in the explosion.
The officer, citing eyewitnesses, said the suspected bomber had parked his car by some clothing stores in al-Rasheed Street in the heart of Baghdad, pretending to go shopping. The attacker managed to flee from the scene, the officer added.