ISIL attack on power plant leaves 15 dead in N. Iraq

Attack comes as army gears up for fresh campaign to retake parts of Kirkuk, Saladin provinces

ISIL attack on power plant leaves 15 dead in N. Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 15 people were killed and 11 more injured on Saturday when ISIL terrorists staged a suicide attack on a power plant in Iraq’s northern Saladin province, according to local security sources.

"Joint security forces killed eight ISIL suicide attackers who attempted to storm the Al-Jalesiyya power plant in Saladin's city of Samarra," an Iraqi military source, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media, told Anadolu Agency.

According to Police First Lieutenant Numaan al-Jubouri, seven other people -- mostly security personnel -- were also killed in the attack, while 11 others were injured.

"Security in the area has since been stepped up, while army reinforcements have been brought in from Samarra," al-Jubouri said.

Saturday’s suicide attack comes amid preparations by the Iraqi army for fresh military operations aimed at recapturing Kirkuk’s Al-Hawija district and Saladin’s Sharqat district, both of which are still held by ISIL.

In June, the Iraqi army retook the northern city of Mosul, regional capital of Nineveh province, from the terrorist group after a nine-month campaign.

And in August, ISIL was driven from Nineveh’s Tal Afar district following a weeklong army operation.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Eylül 2017, 11:07