Gunmen attack provincial council in north Iraq (UPDATE)
details were added (the first version was posted at 15:52)
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 29 /Trend/
Unidentified gunmen attacked Salahudin's provincial council in Tikrit city on Tuesday, a provincial police source said, Xinhua reported.
The attack took place after midday when gunmen wearing police uniforms stormed the building of the provincial council in central Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad. Fierce clashes erupted between the attackers and the guards of the compound, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The gunmen started their attack immediately after they blew up a booby-trapped car outside the building which was also hit by two mortar rounds, said the source.
The attack resulted in the killing and wounding of many people, but there were no immediate reports about the exact number of casualties, as the Iraqi security forces sealed off the area, the source said.
Salahudin province, located in northern central of Iraq, is mainly Sunni province. Its capital city of Tikrit is the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein.