Iraqi police says IS assault on Kirkuk ends after 24-hour battle

The militants killed 13 workers, including four Iranians, at a power plant north of Kirkuk, and a local television reporter was killed by a sniper in the city.

By: AP | Kirkuk | Updated: October 22, 2016 12:25 pm
iraq, iraq militants, militants in iraq, iraq militancy, militancy in iraq, iraq gas compressor, gas compressor in iraq, iraq attack, attacks in iraq, iraq news, world news, latest news Kirkuk: The area around the provincial headquarters, where the fighting was heaviest, was quiet on Saturday morning. (Source: Google Maps)

Iraqi police said a massive Islamic State assault on targets in and around the northern city of Kirkuk has come to an end after a day and night of heavy clashes. Brig. Gen. Khattab Omer on Saturday said that all the attackers were killed or blew themselves up. The area around the provincial headquarters, where the fighting was heaviest, was quiet on Saturday morning.

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It was not clear how many militants took part in the assault, which appeared to be aimed at diverting attention from the IS-held city of Mosul, around 170 kilometers (100 miles) away, where Iraqi forces are waging a major offensive.

The militants killed 13 workers, including four Iranians, at a power plant north of Kirkuk, and a local television reporter was killed by a sniper in the city.