Officials say car bomb in Iraq's capital kills 11

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Updated: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:15:51 EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say a car bombing in a neighborhood of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, has killed 11 people.

Police say the blast Thursday night happened in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City and also wounded 21 people. They say it struck a commercial area of the neighborhood.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures from the attack. All official spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to speak to journalists.

Violence has surged in Iraq since last year, with the country weathering its deadliest bout of violence since it pulled back from the brink of civil war in 2008. Iraq also is heading toward a crucial parliamentary election on April 30, its first since the 2011 U.S. troop pullout.

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