Iraq: Militants attack police compound in Kirkuk

Multiple explosions have rocked the city so far; there were no immediate reports of casualties.

By: AP | Irbil | Published:October 21, 2016 11:23 am
Kirkuk, Kirkuk attack, Iraq attack, Iraq Mosul, Kurdish, Kurdish  iraq, ISIS, islamic state, latest news, latest world news FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 file photo, Iraqi special forces gather ahead of an operation to re-take the Islamic State-held City of Mosul, outside Irbil, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Witnesses in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk say armed militants have attacked a local police compound and that fighting is underway. They say multiple explosions have rocked the city so far in Friday’s assault and that gunfire could be heard ringing through the city.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The attack comes as the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces are making a major push to drive Islamic State militants from Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity as they are concerned for their safety.

Kirkuk is an oil rich city some 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad that is claimed by both Iraq’s central government and the country’s Kurdish region.