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....read more