Gunmen Kill Eight Iraqi Soldiers in North Iraq

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Gunmen shot dead eight Iraqi soldiers as they were on their way to report to their unit in a town north of Baghdad on Friday evening, security and medical officials said.

At least one soldier survived the gun attack in which a minibus the troops were travelling in overturned, but he was badly wounded, an Iraqi army colonel and a police colonel said. A doctor at the nearest hospital confirmed the toll.

All three spoke on condition of anonymity.

The soldiers had set off from the town of Qaiyarah in the northern province of Nineveh, and were headed for a military camp in Taji 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of the capital.

The gunmen opened fire on the minibus near the town of Baiji, about half way between the two towns, causing the vehicle to overturn, at which point they opened fire on the soldiers.

The attackers fled the scene before emergency services arrived.

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