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Officials: Gunmen launch attack on military base in northern Iraq, kill 10 soldiers

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a military base in the country's north, killing at least 10 soldiers.

An army officer and a police officer say a suicide bomber first detonated his explosives-laden truck at the gates of the base outside the northern city of Mosul on Thursday morning.

A group of gunmen then opened fire from apparently commandeered military Humvees.

The officials say at least 10 troops were killed and 12 were wounded. Eight militants were also killed in the ensuing shootout.

A medical official confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

Mosul is about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad. The city and its surroundings have seen brazen militant attacks over the past months.

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