Clashes broke out early on Thursday morning between security forces and ISIL militants in the mid west Iraqi town of Tuzhurmatu, local sources said.
ISIL forces mortared a district of the town, called Sulayman Beg, and attempted to capture the police station and several public buildings late Wednesday night. They managed to infiltrate the surrounding area, said sources.
The Iraqi army sent additional troops to the region in order to repel militants. However, the army forces cannot use heavy weapons so as not to harm civilians. No air operation has been launched either.
Clashes are still going on and ISIL militants have not been repelled yet according to reports which claim that the militants gained control of Kirkuk-Baghdad route.
A curfew has been established in Sulayman Beg. Eye-witnesses say that they cannot go out and they can hear the sounds of bullets and bombs.