A car bomb ripped through a market district Wednesday in a mainly Shi'ite area in southern Iraq, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
The blast is the latest in a series of high-profile explosions that have raised concerns about a resurgence of violence as the US military faces a June 30 deadline to withdraw from urban areas in Iraq.
The explosives-laden car was parked in the center of the commercial area in the town of Bathaa when it blew up about 9 a.m., according to the officials.
The officials gave the death toll on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to media. They say at least 30 people were wounded.