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Explosion in northern Iraq kills two soldiers, injures three

BEIRUT (AP) – Two soldiers were killed and three were injured in an explosion in northern Iraq, Iraqi state news said yesterday.

The soldiers were travelling in an army vehicle a day earlier in the Makhmour district when an explosive device detonated, the state Iraqi news agency reported.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. It was the latest in a string of similar incidents in recent days. Eight people were killed and three injured on Monday in an attack by gunmen on the village of Albu Bali northwest of Fallujah, previously held by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Last Sunday, an explosive device went off in northern Iraq, killing at least nine members of the Iraqi federal police force who were on patrol in the village of Ali al-Sultan in the Riyadh district of the province of Kirkuk.

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani had convened a meeting of security officials to discuss the “terrorist attacks” and the army’s plans to respond, according to an official statement. Iraqi officials declared victory over the IS extremist group five years ago, but the group has continued to carry out attacks.