Suicide bombings kill 19 at Iraq military base

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BAGHDAD (AP) Authorities in Iraq say at least 19 soldiers have been killed in a dual suicide car bombing at a military base just north of the capital, Baghdad.

Officials say two suicide bombers drove their explosive-laden cars into the military base in the town of Tarmiyah late Thursday. They say the blast wounded 41 people.

Police say the first bomber cleared the way for the other to strike in the heart of the base.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to journalists.

Violence has escalated in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in April, with the pace of killing reaching levels unseen since 2008.

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