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Iraq: IS militants kill at least 15 at army base, fierce firefight ensues *GRAPHIC*01:01

Iraq: IS militants kill at least 15 at army base, fierce firefight ensues *GRAPHIC*

Iraq, Tikrit
January 3, 2016 at 07:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least 15 Iraqi security personnel were killed and an estimated 22 injured after a coordinated suicide bomb attack was staged at a former US army base close to the city of Tikrit, Sunday. The so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The remnants of dead militants were scattered across the surrounding area of the base as Iraqi troops regained control after intense close combat fighting which began early on Sunday. Reports have suggested the attack was aimed at targeting Shiite troops stationed at the base.

It has been alleged that a total of five militants took part in the assault, detonating explosive rigged vehicles at the gate of the compound which has been facilitating the training of Iraqi police.

The base was attacked by the militant group back in 2014 as part of their wave of violence earlier on in their campaign. In the attack as many as 1,700 soldiers were killed.

Iraq: IS militants kill at least 15 at army base, fierce firefight ensues *GRAPHIC*01:01
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At least 15 Iraqi security personnel were killed and an estimated 22 injured after a coordinated suicide bomb attack was staged at a former US army base close to the city of Tikrit, Sunday. The so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The remnants of dead militants were scattered across the surrounding area of the base as Iraqi troops regained control after intense close combat fighting which began early on Sunday. Reports have suggested the attack was aimed at targeting Shiite troops stationed at the base.

It has been alleged that a total of five militants took part in the assault, detonating explosive rigged vehicles at the gate of the compound which has been facilitating the training of Iraqi police.

The base was attacked by the militant group back in 2014 as part of their wave of violence earlier on in their campaign. In the attack as many as 1,700 soldiers were killed.