The Wall Street Journal: Islamic State attacks two oil fields in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD — Islamic State claimed twin attacks on oil and gas facilities in northern Iraq on Sunday that killed at least five local employees, the latest in northern Iraq by the extremist group, which relies on oil for a significant portion of its revenue.

Four suicide bombers hit the Bai Hassan oil field, prompting an hourslong standoff with local forces, said a colonel with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces that control the area. The field is one of the largest in the region of Kirkuk, producing more than 175,000 barrels a day, according to oil officials.

Three of the attackers were dead, he said, and one remained at large.

An engineer at the oil field was killed in the assault and a fire raged hours after one suicide bomber blew himself up, damaging two oil-storage tanks, Iraqi officials said. Output from the field has been shut down since Saturday night, but the reason for this was unclear.

In another attack claimed by Islamic State earlier in the day, a group of militants stormed the AB2 gas compressor station some 20 miles from Bai Hassan, killing four employees of the state-owned North Oil Co. and lacing the site with explosives, company officials said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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