Iraq's Tikrit Falls to Militants: Police

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Militants took control of the Iraqi city of Tikrit and freed hundreds of prisoners on Wednesday, police said.

Tikrit is the second provincial capital to fall in two days.

"All of Tikrit is in the hands of the militants," a police colonel said of the Salaheddin provincial capital, which lies roughly half way between Baghdad and Iraq's second city Mosul which fell on Tuesday, AFP reported.

Earlier on Monday night, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants raided the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Hundreds of rebels launched an assault on the city, 350km north of Baghdad, engaging in combat with troops and police.

Mosul fell under control of terrorists on Tuesday.

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