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Sep 23, 1:57 PM EDT

Iraq officials: Baghdad car bomb kills 17 people

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police officials say a car bomb on a busy commercial street in Baghdad has killed at least 17 people and wounded 35.

The officials say the car detonated in the eastern Sadr City neighborhood.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures.

All of the officials spoke anonymously as they are not authorized to brief the media.

(THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.)

The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.

Residents of Fallujah said about 30 men in Iraqi military uniforms were driven in the back of seized military vehicles through the city. Fallujah is about 65 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad. The captured soldiers looked very exhausted, eyewitnesses said.

The militants driving the convoy blasted songs glorifying the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as they paraded their captives. The residents spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their safety.

On Sunday, Islamic State fighters disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees attacked an Iraqi army camp in the western Anbar province, killing 40 troops and capturing 68.

The militant attacks, involving several suicide bombings, happened in the town of Sijir, 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad. The attacks dealt a blow to government efforts to rein in the militants who have seized much of the country's north and west.

Meanwhile the country's new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, forced two top generals to retire as part of a plan to restructure the military, which suffered significant losses when the Islamic State group advanced on the city of Mosul in June.

As part of the overhaul, the defense ministry said in a statement that General Abboud Qanbar, the ministry's acting secretary-general, and General Ali Ghaidan, a former ground commander of the armed forces, have been put on pension.


Associated Press reporter Vivian Salama contributed to this report.

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