Car bomb explodes near market in central Baghdad

A parked car exploded near a popular market in central Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and wounding about 40, police said. The blast occurred at 2:45 p.m. on the Wathba Square near the Sadriyah market, one of the main commercial areas in the capital. Police said three officers were among the 11 people killed and four were among the 43 wounded. Sadriyah has been hit by several blasts usually blamed on suspected Sunni insurgents targeting commercial areas to kill as many people as possible in their bid to derail a US-Iraqi security crackdown that began more than 12 weeks ago.