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Gunmen storm satellite TV office in Iraq's Tikrit

English.news.cn   2013-12-23 21:15:26            

TIKRIT, Iraq, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Gunmen on Monday attacked the office of Salahudin satellite TV channel in the city of Tikrit, the capital of northern Salahudin province, a police source told Xinhua, adding gunfire and bombings could be heard from inside the building.

The attack took place in the afternoon when gunmen broke into the building in central Tikrit, some 170 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, after a huge explosion at the entrance of the building, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Fierce clashes broke out between the attackers and the guards of the building. The building caught fire and a column of black smoke could be seen rising at the scene, the source said.

There is no immediate report about casualties, as the clashes are still underway and reinforcement troops were dispatched to the area, the source added.

Tikrit, the capital of Salahudin province which is dominated by Sunni, is the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein.

Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, 8,109 Iraqis, including 952 members of Iraqi security forces, were killed in the country from January to November this year.

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