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IS suicide attack kills at least 16 in northern Iraq

The Islamic State militants attacked the power plant in the wee hours, it was being built by an Iranian company. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Kirkuk Governorate, Iraq Oct 21, 2016, 05.54 AM (IST)

At least 16 have been killed in a suicide attack by Islamic State militants at a power plant and several government buildings in Iraq's northern Kirkuk city, AFP reported. 

The militants attacked the site of the plant in the early morning hours, Reuters quoted security officials as saying. The power plant was being built by an Iranian company. 

Dibis' mayor Abdullah Nureddin al-Salehi told AFP, "three suicide bombers attacked the power plant at around 6:00 am, killing 12 Iraqi administrators and engineers and four Iranian technicians."

A police lieutenant confirmed the death toll. Security forces confronted the attackers and killed one of the bombers before he detonated his suicide vest. The other two blew themselves up when security forces surrounded them, al-Salehi added. 

A few hours before this attack, at around 3:00 am, another group of suicide attackers, also armed with rifles, hit at multiple locations in Kirkuk, including the police headquarters, a Kurdish intelligence officer told AFP. 

"The security forces managed to shoot one of them dead, the other three blew themselves up," he said. 

The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in online statements. 

The electricity supply and crude oil production were not targeted and supply continues, Reuters quotes the security sources as saying. 

A total curfew has been imposed on the city. 

This story will be updated as more information comes to light.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

 

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