Six soldiers killed in north Iraq bombings

KIRKUK, IRAQ: Bombings which targeted security forces in northern Iraq on Tuesday left six soldiers dead, including an officer, security and medical officials said.
Two near-simultaneous explosions went off as a convoy was passing along the main road between the towns of Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Baghdad, and Al-Adhaim, a military intelligence officer said.

Six soldiers were killed and two others wounded, the officer said, giving a toll confirmed by Dr Mehdi Abdullah al-Bayati at Tuz Khurmatu's hospital.

Violence in Iraq is down dramatically from its peaks in 2006 and 2008, but attacks remain common -- 278 people were killed in August, according to a tally based on reports from security and medical officials.


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