Iraqi officials say a car bomb went off on Monday near two government offices in central Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 50.

Two police officials say the explosives-rigged car was parked near an office for Shia Muslim religious affairs and the city’s health department in the Bab al-Muadham area.

The explosion damaged nearby buildings and cars. It occurred at about 11 a.m. local time.

A doctor in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

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