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Double bombing of soldier's home kills six in Iraq

Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Sunni Muslim tribesmen mount a vehicle during their deployment against Al Qaeda militants on the outskirts of the city of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities say a double bombing has killed a soldier and his entire family in their home in a town north of the capital.

Police officials say the two early Saturday blasts in Muqdadiyah destroyed the entire house as the soldier, his wife, his two daughters and two sons were sleeping.

Muqdadiyah is about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to reporters.

Members of Iraqi security forces are a favorite target for Sunni insurgents who are attempting to undermine the Shiite-led government.

 

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