Six killed as gunmen attack media offices in Iraq

Baghdad, Dec 24: At least two staffers and four suicide bombers were killed Monday in an attack against two media offices in Iraq’s Salahudin province, Xinhua reported.

The office of Iraq’s Salahudin satellite channel and the nearby Iraqia official television’s office had come under attack in the afternoon.

It all happened when gunmen broke into the four-storey building of Salahudin satellite channel in Tikrit, provincial capital of Salahudin, some 170 km from Baghdad, after they blew up a car bomb at the entrance of the building, a police source said.

Due to fierce clashes breaking out between attackers and the building’s guards, the building was up in flames and a column of black smoke could be seen rising at the scene.

Iraqi security forces cordoned off the scene, while a police commando force unit broke into the offices and retook control of the building after a clash with the suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the building.

The Sunni-dominated Tikrit is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.

According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, 8,109 Iraqis, including 952 members of Iraqi security forces, have been killed in the country from January to November this year.

IANS