Car bomb blasts kill five in Mosul
Two car bombs have exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing five people and wounding 18.
The first explosion occurred when a parked car bomb detonated next to an army patrol, killing three soldiers and wounding three civilians.
A spokesman said the second blast came fifteen minutes later, when another parked car bomb exploded in a nearby area, killing two civilians and wounding 15. The target of the attacks was unclear.
A police officer and a doctor later confirmed the casualty figures.
Mosul, 225 miles north-west of Baghdad, has for years been a hub for al Qaida in Iraq.