BAQUBA, Iraq, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the house bomb explosion in the eastern province of Diyala early on Wednesday rose to 10 and five soldiers wounded, a provincial police source said.
"Our latest report said that eight soldiers and two civilians were killed and five soldiers wounded by the house bombing in the city of Sa'diyah," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Earlier, the source put the toll at six soldiers killed and four wounded by the blast.
A blast occurred when the Iraqi solders stormed a booby-trapped house in the town of Sa'diyah, north of Diyala's capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.
In the morning, Iraqi security forces and civil a defense tram removed the debris of the collapsed house and found bodies of a man and a woman who were shot dead before the explosion of the house, the source added.
The insurgents apparently attacked the house earlier at night and killed the two victims, and then they planted bombs in the house before they sent a false information to the security forces saying that hostages were kept in the house, the source said.
Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.
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