Iraqi authorities say gunmen killed seven soldiers during an attack at a security checkpoint near a Northern city.
Police officials say attackers sprayed with bullets a group of troops manning a checkpoint early on Sunday near the city of Mosul, 360 kilometres North-west of Baghdad.
Medics confirmed the casualties.
Members of Iraq security forces have been a favourite target for Sunni insurgents who want to undermine the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. Violence has escalated in Iraq over the past year, with 2013 seeing the country’s highest death toll since the worst of the country’s sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2007.