At least 11 workers, including two Iranians, were killed when the ISIS militants stormed a power plant and then blew themselves up.

Multiple explosions rocked the city and gun battles were underway, witnesses said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were concerned for their safety. Much of the fighting was centered on a government compound in the city.

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ISIS said its fighters were behind the attack, which the extremist group said targeted the Iraqi government. The claim was carried by the ISIS-run Aamaq news agency and could not immediately be verified.

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Local Kurdish television channel Rudaw aired footage showing black smoke rising over the city as extended bursts of automatic gunfire rang out. The TV, however, quoted Kirkuk Gov. Najmadin Karim as saying that the militants have not seized any government buildings.

In the power plant attack, which took place in Dibis, a town north of Kirkuk, three ISIS suicide bombers entered the facility and took 11 workers hostage, said Maj. Ahmed Kader Ali.

The attackers asked to be taken to the Iranians who worked at the plant. One of the workers took them to the Iranians before escaping. The militants then killed the Iranians and the other workers, and detonated their explosive vests when police arrived.

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