Car bomb kills 11 in Shiite stronghold in Baghdad

Associated Press
Security forces inspect the  scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.  In violence, which struck at least 10 cities across the nation Insurgents killed at least 39 people in a wave of attacks against Iraqi security forces on Sunday, gunning down soldiers at an army post and bombing police recruits waiting in line to apply for jobs, officials said. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a late-night car bomb has killed 11 people in a Shiite stronghold in Baghdad in an attack that has brought the day's death toll to 75.

Police said the car exploded outside a coffee shop in Sadr City, a poor neighborhood that is the seat of power for one of Iraq's most politically influential clerics and home to his militia.

Police were firing into the air to disperse the crowds after the 9 p.m. Sunday blast that wounded 20 people.

It was the latest attack on a deadly day of countrywide attacks that left 75 people dead and more than 300 wounded.

Officials at al-Sadr Hospital confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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