A view of the AB2 gas compressor station is pictured after militants attacked the station, northwest of Kirkuk, Iraq, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

Islamic State attacks two energy plants in north Iraq, kills five

Islamic State militants stormed two energy facilities in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least five workers and shutting down a major oil pumping station, security and oil sources said.

The first attack, on the AB2 gas compressor station, about 15 km (10 miles) northwest of Kirkuk, started around 0300 (0000 GMT) when four gunmen with hand grenades broke through an external door in an attack that left two guards in critical condition.

They then shot dead four employees in a control room inside and planted explosives charges, around five of which went off, the sources said

  • GrimmCreeper

    The prophet (and the political left) hates fossil fuels.