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Roadside and suicide bombs kill 5 soldiers in northern Iraqi city

Authorities say that two separate bombings have killed five soldiers in a northern Iraq city.

Police officials said that the deadlier of the attacks in Mosul took place Monday afternoon when a roadside bomb struck an army convoy, killing four soldiers.

Elsewhere in the city, a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt near the motorcade of a local military intelligence officer, killing one soldier and wounding six others, police say. The intelligence officer was unhurt in the attack.

Mosul, a former al-Qaida stronghold, is 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke anonymously as they weren't authorized to release information.

Insurgents frequently target security forces in an attempt to undermine the Shiite-led government.