Iraq blast kills 8 members of security forces

A blast killed eight members of Iraq’s security forces on Wednesday during an operation in the northern part of the country to detonate explosives planted by the Islamic State group, says a security source.

A military sapper was preparing a charge to detonate an unexploded ordnance laid by the jihadists in Salaheddin province “when a mistake was made and the explosion happened,” the source tells AFP.

The blast killed six soldiers and two policemen charged with oil field protection, the source says.

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