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Islamist militants attack, seize parts of Tikrit, Iraq

Clashes continued in Tikrit on Wednesday after unidentified insurgents overtook parts of the city on Tuesday.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

BAGHDAD, June 11 (UPI) -- Islamist militants are reportedly now in control of parts of Tikrit, a city 95 miles north of Baghdad.

Unidentified militants launched the assault on Tikrit on Tuesday, the same day the government of Iraq announced Mosul had been captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An eyewitness told the BBC that the gunmen entered Tikrit from four different directions and set fire to a police station.

Clashes Wednesday between insurgents and security forces were reported in the city center.

Tikrit is also remembered as the hometown of Saddam Hussein.

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