Five soldiers were killed in two separate bombings in a northern Iraq city, authorities said.

Police officials said that the deadlier of the attacks in Mosul took place on Monday afternoon when a road-side bomb struck an army convoy, killing four soldiers.

Elsewhere in the city, a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt near the motorcade of a local military intelligence officer, killing one soldier and wounding six others, police said. The intelligence officer was unhurt in the attack.

Mosul, a former al-Qaida stronghold, is 360 km northwest of Baghdad.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke anonymously as they were not authorised to release information.

Insurgents frequently target security forces in an attempt to undermine the Shiite-led Government.

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