An Iraqi official today claimed that a roadside bomb, targeting a two-vehicle military convoy killed five soldiers north of the capital Baghdad.
A police official in Salahuddin province said that the attack took place today early afternoon near the predominantly Sunni town of Duluiyah, 75 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Four soldiers were wounded in the blast, the official said. Doctors in the town's hospital confirmed the death toll.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Violence has ebbed in Iraq in the past few years, but Sunni insurgents still frequently target the country's security forces in efforts to undermine the Shiite-led government.