June 18, 2014 / 6:53 AM / in 3 years

Sunni militants control '75 percent' of Iraq's Baiji refinery: official

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sunni militants have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest oil refinery, located in Baiji in northern Iraq, an official at the refinery said on Wednesday.

Members of the Kurdish security forces take cover during clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jalawla in the Diyala province June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

“The militants have managed to break in to the refinery. Now they are in control of the production units, administration building and four watch towers. This is 75 percent of the refinery,” an official speaking from inside the refinery said.

He says clashes continue near the main control room with security forces.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Toby Chopra

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