A boy cycles past Iraqi soldiers monitoring a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 6, 2014
A boy cycles past Iraqi soldiers monitoring a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 6, 2014 © Ali Al-Saadi - AFP/File
A boy cycles past Iraqi soldiers monitoring a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 6, 2014
AFP
Last updated: January 8, 2014

Gunmen kill 12 Iraqi soldiers north of Baghdad

Gunmen attacked a military site north of the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, killing 12 soldiers and wounding four, police and a doctor said.

The militants stormed a building at the site in the Al-Adhim area, then bombed it.

Militants opposed to the Iraqi government frequently target members of the security forces with bombings and shootings.

Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings in which tens of thousands died.

It took just five days for this month's death toll to exceed that for all of January last year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

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