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Jihadists seize more areas in Iraq's Kirkuk province as US, UN voice concerns

Published on Jun 11, 2014 12:58 AM

KIRKUK (AFP) - Jihadists seized several areas in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Tuesday, a police officer said, after the militants took control of a whole province to its west.

The militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil) overran the Hawijah, Zab, Riyadh and Abbasi areas west of the city of Kirkuk, and Rashad and Yankaja to its south, Colonel Ahmed Taha said.

He added that soldiers and police in Zab abandoned their posts, while Hawijah district council chief Hussein al-Juburi said soldiers in the area were apparently ordered to depart, allowing militants to move in and raise their flag over the police station.

The Kirkuk takeovers came after jihadists from the same group seized control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and the surrounding province of Nineveh earlier on Tuesday.

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