Islamic State gunmen launched a series of coordinated attacks Friday in the northern city of Kirkuk and a nearby power plant, briefly controlling the main police station in their first significant counterattack since Iraqi forces launched an offensive for Mosul.
The Iraqi military said the situation was now “under control” and that three police stations and a political party headquarters had been attacked inside the city. It is unclear how many were killed in Kirkuk, but at least 13 died in the attack on the power plant in the nearby village of Dibbis.
Lt. Col. Abdullah Majid from the Kurdish security forces known as Asayish said the attack started at 3 a.m. and now the remaining militants in Kirkuk were surrounded in a hotel in the city center.
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