Officials: Roadside bomb kills 3 Iraqi soldiers

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials say a roadside bombing in northern Iraq has killed three soldiers.

Two security officials say the bomb exploded at noon Saturday, hitting an Iraqi army patrol in Badoush.

The town is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city and a former al-Qaida stronghold.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

The level of violence has dropped dramatically in Iraq, although deadly attacks on security forces and civilians are still common.