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Men walk past at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad August 26, 2014. reuters/Ahmed Malik

Update as of 3:20 a.m. EDT: The death toll in Tuesday's attack in eastern Baghdad has risen to 10, according to a CNN report. 34 people have reportedly been injured in the early morning attack.

At least seven people were killed and 20 were injured in a car bomb explosion in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad early on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported.

The explosion, which reportedly took place in the Jididah neighborhood of Baghdad, a predominantly Shia area, comes just a day after a slew of attacks across Iraq, including a suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Baghdad and explosions in the Shia-populated cities of Karbala and Babel, killed nearly 50 people and injured 26 others, Al Jazeera reported.

Since the Islamic State -- a Sunni extremist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- captured vast swathes of land in northwestern Iraq and Syria, and declared a caliphate, there has been a drastic increase in Sunni-Shia violence in the country.

Last Friday, dozens of Sunni worshippers were gunned down by Shia militants at a mosque in Iraq’s Diyala province, about 30 miles northeast of Baghdad.