BAGHDAD -- Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb has killed two soldiers in the country's north.

Two police officers in Ninevah province say the Monday noon attack killed two off-duty soldiers near the city of Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad.

The officials say the two soldiers were heading home when the bomb struck their civilian car. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Violence has ebbed in Iraq, but government employees and security forces are frequently targeted by insurgents.

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