IS bomb attacks on Iraqi factory kill 11 people
May 15 2016 01:52 PM
Iraqi attack
Flames and smoke rise from tanks after a suicide bomb attack on the Taji gas plant, about 20 kilometres north of Baghdad, on Sunday.

Reuters/Baghdad

Bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State against a state-run cooking gas factory in Baghdad's northern outskirts on Sunday killed at least 11 people, including policemen, and wounded 21 others, police sources said.

A suicide car bomb went off at the entrance of the facility in Taji at around 0600 local time, allowing another vehicle carrying at least six attackers with explosive vests to enter the facility where they clashed with security forces, the sources said.

A spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command said three of the facility's gas storages were set alight amid the violence before security forces were able to bring the situation under control.

A factory employee who lives nearby said after hearing a powerful blast he saw flames and black smoke coming from inside the factory.

Dozens of police and army vehicles rushed to the facility where shooting lasted for about an hour, he said.

Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said the group's fighters were behind the attack. The jihadist militants, who control swathes of the country's north and west, have carried out bombings this week that have killed around 100 people.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday the militants were taking advantage of a political crisis in the country, sparked by his attempt to overhaul its quota-based governing system, to conduct bombings in areas under nominal government control.

A US-led coalition backing the Iraqi government in its fight against Islamic State has been training army forces for months at a military base in Taji.



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