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Iraq bomb disposal accident kills 11

Published: 10:10PM Friday September 25, 2009 Source: Reuters

Eleven Iraqi soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb disposal accident in northern Iraq, Iraqi security officials said.
The bomb disposal unit was trying to detonate a number of bombs in a vacant area in Bashika, east of the city of Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, when the explosion took place, a senior police source said on condition of anonymity.
Ethnically and religiously mixed Mosul remains one of Iraq's most violent cities as the insurgent and sectarian violence unleashed by the US-led invasion in 2003 fades across most of the country and US forces prepare to withdraw by 2012.
Home to a volatile mix of Sunni Arabs, ethnic Kurds and other minorities, Mosul is plagued by assassinations, roadside bombs and attacks against Iraqi security forces.