Posted on July 31, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Islamic State, Kirkuk
Islamic State militants storm Iraq gas compressor station near Kirkuk. Photo: NRT TV
KIRKUK,— Islamic State suicide bombers stormed a gas facility in northern Iraq on Sunday and clashing with police guards, security sources said.
It was not immediately clear if security forces had managed to regain control of the AB2 gas compressor station, about 15 km (10 miles) northwest of Kirkuk.
According to local news two policemen and two civil workers were reportedly killed after four IS suicide bombers attacked a factory of gas canisters in Western Kirkuk Sunday morning.
Kurdish military officials in the area told Rudaw that fighting is ongoing between police forces and IS militants at Bay Hassan village which is a major source of oil west of Kirkuk.
Kurdish commander said that police is responsible for guarding the place but Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were also dispatched to the place and that the situation is under control.
The frontline south and west of Kirkuk has experienced major confrontations between IS and Kurdish forces in the last two years.
According to the frontline commander at least 6,000 ISIS militants have been killed on this front alone.
The oil-rich province of Kirkuk is one of the most disputed areas by the Kurdistan regional government and the Iraqi government in Baghdad.
The Kurds are seeking to integrate Kirkuk province into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regionclaiming it to be historically a Kurdish city. The population is a mix of majority Kurds and minority of Arabs, Christians and Turkmen.