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Police: 11 dead, 37 wounded in Iraq blast

From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 6:02 PM EDT, Fri July 6, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A suicide bomber blows up his car at a house, officials say
  • The Friday night violence took place in Ramadi
  • In June, at least 240 people were killed in militant attacks in Iraq, according to CNN estimates

Baghdad (CNN) -- A suicide bomber blew up his car in central Iraq on Friday, killing 11 people including himself, and wounding 37 others, police officials said.

The Friday night violence took place in Ramadi, which is about 62 miles (100 kilometers) west of Baghdad. Ramadi is a predominately Sunni city in Anbar province.

The car was parked at a house where people had gathered to celebrate the first day of a friend's marriage, said the officials, who were not authorized to speak to reporters.

The groom is a police officer, they said. It was not immediately clear whether he was among the victims.

In June, at least 240 people were killed in militant attacks in Iraq, according to CNN estimates.

And while the violence has dropped since the peak of sectarian strife between 2005 and 2007, Iraqi residents continue to express concerns over the stability of the country and the efficacy of its security forces.

The recent carnage coincides with an emerging political crisis in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation, which faces a fractious legislature as Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocs seem increasingly at odds.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned that he could call for early elections, even though the next parliamentary elections are not scheduled until 2014, while al-Maliki's critics have threatened a no-confidence vote against him.

The Shiite prime minister has in recent months struggled to forge a lasting power-sharing agreement, and has yet to fill key Cabinet positions, including the ministers of defense, interior, and national security, while his backers have also shown signs of wobbling support.

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