ISIS claims gas plant attack near Baghdad

2016-05-15 11:02
Iraqi security forces (File, SabahArar, AFP)

Iraqi security forces (File, SabahArar, AFP)

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Baghdad - The Islamic State group launched a co-ordinated assault on Sunday on a natural gas plant north of the capital that killed at least 12 people, according to Iraqi officials.

The attack started at dawn with a suicide car bomber hitting the main gate of the plant in the town of Taji, about 20km north of Baghdad.

Then several suicide bombers and militants broke into the plant and clashed with the security forces, an official said, adding that 25 troops were wounded.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency credited a group of "Caliphate soldiers" for the attack.

ISIS extremists still control significant areas in northern and western Iraq, including the second-largest city of Mosul. It has declared an Islamic caliphate on the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria.

The group has recently increased its attacks far from the front lines in a campaign that Iraqi officials say is an attempt to distract from their recent battlefield losses.

Since Wednesday, more than 100 people have been killed in a string of bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere.

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