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ISIS gunmen kill 11 soldiers in east Iraq: Military source

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Gunmen from the ISIS extremist group attacked an army barrack in a mountainous area north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, Iraqi security officials said.

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The officials said the attack occurred in the al-Azim district, an open area north of of Baqouba in the Diyala province.

The circumstances of the attack were not immediately clear, but two officials who spoke to The Associated Press said ISIS gunmen broke into the barracks at 3 a.m. local time and shot dead the soldiers.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to issue official statements.

The brazen attack more than 120 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad was one of the deadliest targeting the Iraqi military in recent months.

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