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Militants killed, hostages freed after ISIS attack on oil field near Kirkuk, Iraq

Sunday 31 July 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/31/middleeast/iraq-isis-oil-field-attack/

By Schams Elwazer, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Tim Hume, CNN

Updated 1212 GMT (2012 HKT) July 31, 2016

Peshmerga forces take security measures after ISIS’s attack on an oil well in Kirkuk on Sunday, July 31.

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ISIS has previously coordinated attacks on energy facilities in the oil-rich region
Earlier, gunmen attacked a nearby gas facility owned by same company, killing 4

(CNN) An ISIS hostage-taking at an oil field near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk has ended with the attackers killed and their captives safely freed, a senior security source in the city told CNN.
Four hostages — employees of the Iraqi North Oil Company — were taken captive after four attackers, believed to be wearing suicide vests, stormed the Bai Hassan oil field northwest of Kirkuk on Sunday, the source said.

One of the attackers blew himself up when security forces responded. The other attackers were later killed by security forces.
The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, which was widely circulated by the terror group’s supporters on social media networks.
The standoff was the second armed attack on an energy facility in the Kirkuk region Sunday, following an earlier deadly attack on a nearby gas compression facility owned by the same company.

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4 killed in earlier attack
Four staff were killed and another was injured during that attack on the gas facility, known as AB, in the Bajwan area in northwestern Kirkuk, police Gen. Sarhad Qader said.
The attackers fled to an unknown location after being pushed back by security forces, but planted several bombs near the facility before they left, Qader said.
No one has claimed responsibility for that attack.
ISIS has previously coordinated attacks on energy facilities in the oil-rich region.
Kirkuk is one of Iraq’s disputed areas, claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government.
Production at Bai Hassan, which pumps crude via a pipeline to the Turkish port city of Ceyhan, remains temporarily halted in the wake of the attack, the security source said.

CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse contributed to this report