Factory bomb attacks kill 14

An Islamic State (IS) suicide-bomb attack near the base in Iraq where New Zealand troops are stationed has killed at least 14 people and wounded 20.

The assault on a state-run gas plant near Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, began when three car bombs exploded at the gate.

Six men wearing explosive belts then rushed in and blew up gas tanks, before security forces regained control of the plant.

IS, which controls large parts of western and northern Iraq, has increased its attacks in the Baghdad governorate recently.

A suicide car bomb went off at the entrance of the facility in Taji 6am (3pm NZT) yesterday, 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.

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