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Security Forces Put Down IS Attack On Iraqi Oil City

The remnants of a building that was part of the attack by IS fighters in Kirkuk.

Iraqi security forces have overcome a major attack by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk and regained full control of the northern Iraqi oil city, Iraqi state TV reported on October 22.

The city's authorities partially lifted a curfew declared after the militants stormed police stations and other buildings on October 20, the TV channel added, citing its own correspondent in Kirkuk.

Reports said at least 18 members of the security forces and workers at the power station, including four Iranians, were killed in the attack.

Kirkuk’s police chief said on October 22that Iraqi forces had killed 48 IS militants who stormed some parts of the city.

Kirkuk is an oil-rich city some 290 kilometers north of Baghdad and 170 kilometers southeast of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

The attack on Kirkuk came amid an offensive by the Iraqi Army and Kurdish fighters to recapture Mosul from IS militants.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP