ERBIL — At least seven civilians lost their lives, whereas another dozen were injured after the Islamic State (IS) militants carried out a bomb attack on a power plant north of Baghdad, an Iraqi security official said on Saturday.
According to the official, who spoke to Iraqi media on condition of anonymity, three IS members, armed with grenades and wearing explosive belts, entered Jalesiyah power plant south of the town of Samarra (located about 125 kilometers north of Baghdad) in the early hours on Saturday, killing seven people and injuring twelve others.
The source further added that the security reinforcement has been dispatched to the scene immediately, killing two of the attackers, and evacuating all the remaining workers at the power plant.
The Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led coalition, continue fighting the IS insurgents in Iraq, as part of the ongoing operation to recapture all the areas controlled by the extremist group. The jihadists captured large parts of Iraq back in 2014, when the group first emerged in the country and declared its self-proclaimed "caliphate."