Security persons check the site of the attack in a power plant in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin, Sept. 2, 2017. Eight people were killed on Saturday when seven suicide bombers attacked a power plant in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin, a provincial police source said. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)
TIKRIT, Iraq, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were killed on Saturday when seven suicide bombers attacked a power plant in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin, a provincial police source said.
The attack occurred in the morning when seven suicide bombers wearing explosive belts stormed al-Jalsiyah power plant, some 100 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The security forces, backed by paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters, fought back the attackers and secured the plant after shooting the suicide bombers or forcing them to detonate themselves, the source said.
The clashes also resulted in the killing of six workers of the plant and two security members, along with nine others wounded, the source added.
Salahudin's authorities frequently warned that the extremist Islamic State (IS) militants are attacking the cities and villages of the province using the sprawling rugged area that extends from the western part of Salahudin province to the desert in the neighboring Anbar province. Similarly, the area extends from the eastern part of the province to the IS redoubt in Mteibijah on the provincial border with Diyala province, as well.
The attack came a few days after the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared full liberation of the city of Tal Afar and surrounding areas from the extremist IS militants.