At least 11 people were killed and another 25 were wounded Tuesday when a bomb exploded near a mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraqi police told Efe.

The explosive device blew up early Tuesday close to the al-Quds mosque soon after morning prayers to start the Eid al-Adha holiday, the Muslim feast of sacrifice.

The attack also caused vast destruction to nearby buildings and vehicles.

Security forces cordoned off the area to make it easier to get the victims away to hospitals.

Nearly 1,000 people died last month in Iraq as a result of political or sectarian violence, bringing the civilian death toll for the year so far to almost 6,000, according to figures from the U.N. mission in Baghdad.

Attacks against security forces and the Shi'ite community are frequent. EFE