September 15, 2010 / 9:39 AM / 9 years ago

Nine Iraqi soldiers killed in roadside bomb blast

MOSUL, Iraq, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Nine Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday and six people wounded, including five soldiers, when a roadside bomb destroyed a bus west of the volatile northern city of Mosul, police and army sources said.

The soldiers were off-duty and on their way to spend leisure time at their homes, said a police source in Mosul, considered al Qaeda in Iraq’s last urban stronghold, and an army source in the joint coordination office of Nineveh province.

Insurgents have launched steady attacks on Iraqi police and troops in recent weeks, while the U.S. military formally ended combat operations in August, 7-1/2 years after the invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. (Reporting by Jamal al-Badrani; Writing by Michael Christie; Editing by)

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