World Bulletin / News Desk
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) have seized control of a neighborhood in the town of Tuz Khormato in Iraq's northern Saladin province, an official said.
"ISIL militants took the villages around the Suleiman Beik neighborhood before dawn and then took the center of the neighborhood, where they engaged with army and police forces," Taleb Mohamed, a local official, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.
"The militants also stormed several government offices and took up positions around the neighborhood, forcing local residents to flee their homes," he added.
The ISIL has yet to comment on the developments.
The volatile town of Tuz Khormato, which is disputed between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq, has recently seen a series of bombings that have claimed scores of lives.
The country in general has seen a spike in violence in recent months, with bombings and assassinations killing hundreds of people.
Most attacks go unclaimed, but authorities usually point the finger at al-Qaeda-linked groups.Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2014, 11:47