BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb exploded near a military base north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 20, according to authorities.
The blast struck around midday as Iraqi troops were leaving the base in Taji, 20 kilometers (12 miles), north of the capital, police said. Four soldiers were among the dead, and several vehicles were damaged, they said.
Insurgents in Iraq frequently target members of the country's security forces in an effort to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government. Although violence has ebbed in Iraq since the height of the insurgency, attacks still occur frequently.
Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
The attack was the deadliest in Iraq in several days, and the second bombing apparently targeting soldiers near Taji in less than 24 hours.
On Monday, police said a car bomb struck an army patrol in the Taji area, wounding eight people. Another bombing Monday near an outdoor market in a Shiite neighborhood on Baghdad's outskirts killed four.