Following ISIS claim that it controls half the city of Kirkuk, the governor of the oil-rich city says that the situation is under control.
An anti-terrorist operation by the Peshmerga has begun in the southern sector of the city and will clear out by days end according to reports.
Even civilians have approached security forces and have taken up arms against the ISIS sleeper cell that erupted today.
So far, 13 ISIS fighters have been killed, suggesting that the mini-uprising was most likely conducted by only dozens of terrorists. Al-Jazeera has reported that it is no more than 50 terrorists.
Sarhad Qadir, the Kirkuk police chief asked residents of the city “to stay indoors until the situation is under control,”
“ISIS attacked the security building and former emergency police station,” Qadir told Rudaw.
Qadir added: “Some people in Kirkuk have been collaborating with ISIS.”
Reports have said that security forces from Erbil are on their way to Kirkuk.
Despite the mayor’s claims that the situation is under control, heavy gun fire can be heard on this livestream: