Two simultaneous roadside bombs tore through an Iraqi army patrol responding to a mortar attack Thursday north of Baghdad, killing six Iraqi soldiers, police said. Two other Iraqi soldiers died in another blast near the city of Kirkuk.
Five other soldiers were wounded when the bombs exploded simultaneously at about 2 a.m. as the patrol was responding to a call for aid after a mortar attack against a police station near the village of Jalula, 125 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad, according to a security official at the provincial security headquarters in Diyala province.
A third roadside bomb exploded in the same area minutes after the double blast, but caused no damage, said the security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information to the media.
The US military said initial reports showed six Iraqi soldiers were killed and three were wounded during the attack.
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