A suicide bomber crashed an explosives-laden truck into an Iraqi army base in Mosul Sunday, sparking a blast that killed 10 soldiers and wounded 30 people, mostly soldiers, an officer said.
"The bomber smashed the truck through barriers at the entrance to the base and triggered the explosion around 7 am," Major Mohammed Ahmed told AFP.
Among the wounded were 25 Iraqi soldiers and five civilians, he said.
Witnesses said Iraqi forces sealed the area surrounding the base, in the Al Hermat neighbourhood of west Mosul, and prevented anyone entering or leaving.
Military planes and helicopters were seen hovering above the base.
Iraqi and US troops are engaged in a major offensive against Al Qaeda in Iraq's main northern city, which according to US military commanders is the jihadists' last urban stronghold in Iraq. (AFP)
Suicide bomber kills 10 Iraqi soldiers