ISIS sniper kills Iraqi journalist in Kirkuk

A member of peshmerga forces runs at the site of an attack by ISIS militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 21, 2016.
A member of peshmerga forces runs at the site of an attack by ISIS militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 21, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS
Peshmerga forces stand behind rocks at a site of an attack by ISIS militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 21, 2016.
Peshmerga forces stand behind rocks at a site of an attack by ISIS militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 21, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS
An injured Kurdish man walks at a site of an attack by ISIS militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 21, 2016.
An injured Kurdish man walks at a site of an attack by ISIS militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 21, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) - A militant sniper killed an Iraqi journalist in Kirkuk on Friday (Oct 21) during clashes between the security forces and fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, the police and his channel said.

Ahmed Hajr Oglo, 30, was hit by a sniper bullet to the chest and died of his wounds, a colonel in the Kirkuk police told AFP. The channel confirmed the reporter's death.

"Journalist Ahmed Oglo, chief correspondent at Turkmeneli, was killed by a Daesh sniper as he covered the incidents in Kirkuk," the colonel said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Abdelkader Mohammed, a friend and colleague at Turkmeneli TV, confirmed the journalist's death.

Before dawn on Friday, dozens of ISIS fighters armed with rifles, grenades and explosive vests attacked Kirkuk, an ethnically mixed city under Kurdish control.

They used mosque loudspeakers to broadcast messages supporting the "caliphate".

Suicide bombers also attacked several government buildings, including the city's main police headquarters.

The brazen raid sparked a response by Kurdish and other security forces across the city, which was turned into a war zone and where fighting was still ongoing as night fell.

Security officials said a number of ISIS attackers had already been killed and added they were confident they would hunt down the rest but warned that snipers were the main obstacle.

Oglo was a father of two.