Daesh Attacks Iraqi City of Kirkuk

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Daesh (ISIL) terrorists carried out coordinated attacks on several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said on Friday.

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Dozens of terrorists targeted four police stations and Kurdish security offices, spreading themselves out through several residential neighborhoods. The clashes were ongoing in the southern part of the city as of Friday morning, security officials said.

A number of people were killed and wounded, but officials could not provide an exact figure.

Images broadcast on local television showed what appeared to be dead or injured fighters on the street. The attack comes as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle Daesh terrorists in Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul.

Kirkuk is 175 kilometers (109 miles) southeast of Mosul.

Local authorities imposed a curfew in Kirkuk amid the attacks.

Kirkuk has been attacked before by Daesh terrorists. Previous attacks have been seen as attempts by Daesh to either capture the city or divert Kurdish troops from the fight in Mosul.

Kirkuk, in northeast Iraq, is located on top of some of the country's largest oil reserves.

The city's significance stems from the fact its oil reserves are almost as much as those in southern Iraq.

Kirkuk is 378 kilometers (235 miles) north of Baghdad and has seen Daesh terrorists pitted against the Peshmerga, Iraqi government troops and an international coalition.

In a separate incident, Daesh terrorists also attacked a government building in Dibis town, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Kirkuk on Friday.

Twelve people were killed in the attack, including nine Iraqi employees and Iranian contractors, two security officials told CNN.

Meanwhile, the Iranian foreign ministry confirmed that four Iranian engineers were martyred in the attack and three others were wounded.

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