BAGHDAD - A bomb struck a popular pet market in central Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 14 civilians and wounding nearly two dozen, police said.
The blast occurred about 10:20 a.m. as the al-Ghazl market was crowded with shoppers during the weekly bazaar.
Police and hospital officials said 14 people were killed and 22 were wounded, making it the deadliest bombing in the capital in weeks.
The market, which has recently re-emerged as a popular venue as security has improved, has been struck several times since the war started.
A bomb hidden in a box of small birds exploded in late November, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens.
The U.S. military blamed the November attack on Iranian-backed Shiite militants, saying they had hoped al-Qaida in Iraq would be held responsible for the attack so Iraqis would turn to them for protection.