Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers

BAGHDAD: Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said.

The morning attack at the base outside the city of Mosul, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives-laden truck at the gates of the facility, an army officer and a police officer said.

A group of gunmen then opened fire from apparently commandeered military Humvees and a shootout ensued. At least 10 troops were killed and 12 were wounded, the officials said.

Eight militants were also killed in the fighting.

A medical official confirmed the causality figures.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.