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11 killed in blast south of Baghdad

By Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 1:58 PM EDT, Wed August 8, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The attack occurred as mourners gathered for a funeral in Aziziya
  • Wednesday's violence follows a spurt of attacks in the last week
  • Last month, as many as 325 people were killed in attacks, one of the deadliest months in at least 2 years

Baghdad (CNN) -- A car bomb blast south of the Iraqi capital left at least 11 people dead and wounded 25 others Wednesday, according to police.

The attack occurred as mourners gathered for a funeral around 7 p.m. in Aziziya, a predominately Shiite town located about 60 km (37 miles) south of Baghdad in Wasit province, authorities said.

Wednesday's violence follows a spurt of attacks in the last week, with bombings and shootings that have killed dozens.

Violence has dropped dramatically in Iraq since the peak of Sunni-Shiite clashes in 2006 and 2007 and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country in December, but insurgent attacks against civilians and security forces persist in the country, still smoldering with sectarian tension and political infighting.

Last month, as many as 325 people were killed in attacks, one of the deadliest months for the country in at least two years.

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