Officials in northern Iraq say a car bomb targeting a liquor store has killed 11 people and wounded more than two dozen others.
Authorities say the blast happened Saturday in the al-Wassiti neighborhood in the city of Kirkuk, about 270 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Militants often target nightclubs, liquor stores and brothels because they want to impose a strict interpretation of Islam in Iraq.
The attack comes as Iraq’s Shiite-led government is struggling to contain a surge in sectarian violence not seen since the country was pushed to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007 after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Sadaam Hussein.
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