A pre-dawn explosion Monday in an Iraqi army base south of Baghdad killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded ten others, a police official said.
The cause of the blast inside the base belonging to the Iraqi army's Eight Division in Hillah, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, was not immediately known, the police official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The injured included two officers.
Meanwhile, in the village of Tabaj near the town of Jalawla, 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad, some 20 gunmen stormed the home of a Shiite family and kidnapped five family members, the police there said. No other details were immediately known.
In the city of Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad and the capital of the Diyala province, gunmen raided a Shiite house in the city's northern neighborhood early in the morning, killing a man and wounding his son, police said.
The family had reported receiving threats by al-Qaida, the police said.