MOSUL, Iraq, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 Iraqi soldiers were killed and one soldier injured by accident on Friday, when they tried to blow up a large arms and ammunition depot in northern Iraq, local police source said.
The blast happened in the Baashiqa town, about 15 km north of Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, local police sources told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
When an Iraqi Army patrol tried to detonate the depot, the blast took place and killed 15 soldiers and injured another.
No further details have been confirmed about the unexpected incident.
Ethnically and religiously mixed Mosul remains one of Iraq's most dangerous places, and is believed to be one of the last strongholds of al-Qaida terrorists still active in the country. Attacks against Iraqi security forces are prevalent in the area.