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Explosion near NZ camp in Iraq

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/06/2016
A file image showing Iraqi security forces climb into trucks travelling to Mosul to fight against IS at an army base in Camp Taji, Baghdad. © Reuters A file image showing Iraqi security forces climb into trucks travelling to Mosul to fight against IS at an army base in Camp Taji, Baghdad.

A car bomb is believed to have been detonated at an Iraqi training camp where 106 New Zealand Defence for personnel are stationed.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has confirmed there has been an explosion at camp Taji, north of Baghdad, where Kiwi and Australian troops have been training Iraqi forces.

He said it appeared there were a number of casualties but all New Zealand troops were safe.

"It is estimated the blast occurred between two and three kilometres from where New Zealand and Australian troops are accommodated," he said.

The blast, at about 6pm NZT, occurred at a checkpoint outside the south-western perimeter of the camp and reports suggested it was a car bomb, Mr Brownlee said.

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