Islamic State suspected of oil field attack Tuesday near Kirkuk

The killing of an oil facilities policeman at a Khabbaz well comes as insurgent attacks are on the upswing.
Islamic State suspected of oil field attack Tuesday near Kirkuk
Firefighters attempt to put out a fire in well no. 33 at the Khabbaz oil field on June 3, 2016. The wells were lit when a bomb exploded on May 4. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - One oil facilities protection officer was shot to death late Tuesday in a suspected Islamic State (IS) group attack on a vulnerable well of the Khabbaz oil field, 25 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk.

Multiple security and industry officials confirmed the incident, which injured two others who were part of a unit guarding the field. Two more police officers are missing, according to an officer in the government-backed al-Hashid al-Ashayari paramilitary group, and security forces were still searching for them at the time of publication.

Tuesday's attack is the latest in a series of increasingly frequent and successful operations by the IS group on oil-rich areas in northern Iraq, where they have taken advantage of a security vacuum.

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