0541 GMT August 22, 2019
The sources also reported wide scale devastations around the site of explosion which demolished several nearby houses. The toll may further rise since some people might be trapped under the debris, IRNA reported.
Security and hospital sources could not be reached for comment.
The information dissemination center of Baghdad police in a statement blamed the incident on the blast of a war ammunition depot inside a husseiniyeh in Sadr township. It said investigation is underway into the cause of the explosion.
Over the past year, relative security and calm have prevailed in most major and central parts of the Iraqi capital except for a few sporadic terrorist attacks.