11 Aug 2010

Eight Iraqi soldiers killed in bomb blast

10:03 pm on 11 August 2010

Eight Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a bomb blast in the northern province of Diyala.

Officials say the soldiers were killed during a raid on a house in the town of Sadiya north-east of the provincial capital Baquba.

The BBC reports four others were wounded.

The blast comes a day after six people were killed in attacks across the country, including two members of an American-funded militia group and two policemen.

Violence has spiked in recent weeks, ahead of a withdrawal of US troops due to be completed by the end of the month.