New reports on Islamic State media channels claim that ISIS militants have took control of a federal police station and the Silak neighborhood of Samarra, a city on the eastern bank of the Tigris in the Saladin Governorate. However, conflicting reports on a government channel claim that the threat has been neutralized with 5 ISIS suicide bombers dead.
The attack has been confirmed by Kurdistan 24 reporter Baxtiyar Goran with the Middle East and North Africa Observer reporting that 7 policemen were killed in the clashes.
Reuters has confirmed these statements, adding that the ISIS gunmen were wearing suicide vests.
A curfew has been imposed on the city following the attack.
Samarra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site city, according to the BBC.
The city was first attacked in June 2014 as the Islamic State spread across Iraq and Syria. It was briefly captured by ISIS, but the insurgents were successfully pushed out, according to Reuters.
The city is famouis for its Shia Muslim holy sites, which makes it a target for Sunni extremist ISIS. Yesterday, multiple bombings in Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad killed dozens, according to NPR.
Today’s attack suggests there are ISIS sleeper cells in Samarra.
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