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Posted: Feb 10, 2014 1:28 PM

Updated: Feb 10, 2014 1:28 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) Authorities in Iraq are finding more car bombs in an area north of Baghdad where they say insurgents accidentally set off their own car bomb during a training session. They say the explosion left 21 people dead.

Security forces arrested 22 men trying to flee the area, including several who have been wounded.

Authorities searched the area and found seven car bombs, several explosive belts and some roadside bombs. They've been working to defuse the explosives.

The discoveries are offering a rare glimpse into the workings of militants behind a resurgence of violence in the country.

Car bombs are among the deadliest weapons used by an extremist Sunni group that recently broke with al-Qaida. The bombs are sometimes assembled in farm compounds where militants can gather without being spotted, or in mechanic shops in industrial areas.

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157-c-17-(Kim Gamel, AP correspondent)-"to be militants"-AP correspondent Kim Gamel reports that authorities in Iraq say militants accidentally set off their own car bomb at a training camp, leaving over 20 dead. (10 Feb 2014)

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