June 18, 2014 / 9:03 AM / 5 years ago

Sunni militants control "75 percent" of Iraq's Baiji refinery - official

A view of Baiji oil refinery, 180km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, January 22, 2009. Picture taken January 22, 2009 REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani/Files

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sunni militants have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest oil refinery, located in Baiji in northern Iraq, an official at the refinery said on Wednesday.

“The militants have managed to break in to the refinery. Now they are in control of the production units, administration building and four watch towers. This is 75 percent of the refinery,” an official speaking from inside the refinery said.

He says clashes continue near the main control room with security forces.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Toby Chopra

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