Islamic State Militants Attack Kirkuk

Time: 1:33 p.m. CEST

Islamic State group attacked the government buildings in Kirkuk, Iraq on Friday. Suicide bombers attacked police stations and a power station, but the security forces responded, Iraqi media reported. Amaq, a news agency that publishes information of the Islamic State militants said the group entered in the Kirkuk’s town hall and captured a hotel, BBC News informs.

To the north, Iraqi pro-government forces continue with offensive to retake Mosul.South of Mosul, the militants fired up a chemical plant in al-Mishraq after were being pushed out of the area by the military. This not a first attack on Kirkuk, as Islamic State group had previous attempts to capture the city. Kirkuk has oil reserves almost equal to those in southern Iraq, CNN explains.


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