BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- A suicide car bomb exploded near a police checkpoint in southwest Baghdad on Saturday, killing ten people and wounding 25 others, a police source said.
"A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near a police checkpoint around 19:00 local time (1600 GMT) in the predominantly Shiite district of Amil in the southwest Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The powerful explosion killed ten people and wounded 25 others, along with damaging some nearby buildings, the source said.
The casualties may rise as Iraqi security forces cordoned off the scene and ambulances rushed to evacuate the casualties, he add.
The attack came one day after the Shiite Muslims in Iraq began their holy fasting month of Ramadan, during which observant Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.
The police source also said Iraqi security forces had found over 10 bodies in the capital during the last 24 hours.