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Iraqi militants attack base, kidnap and kill 20 soldiers, say officials

Published on May 11, 2014 5:28 PM

MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) - Militants attacked a military base in north Iraq, kidnapped 20 soldiers and later shot them dead, officers and a morgue employee said on Sunday.

The soldiers were abducted by a large group of militants in several vehicles from a small base in the Ain al-Jahash south of Mosul, and their bodies were found in the area on Saturday night, the sources said.

But accounts of when the attack took place varied, with a police major and morgue employee putting it on Saturday night, while an army major general said it had taken place earlier in the week.

The police major said the soldiers had been shot in various parts of their bodies and that their hands had not been bound.

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