Written by News 1st
24 Dec, 2013 | 9:52 am
A news anchor and four other people were killed on Monday in a suicide bombing after armed militants stormed a TV complex in Tikrit, Iraq, police said.
The violence unfolded when a car bomb exploded outside Salaheddin TV and the local offices of al Iraqiya state TV in Tikrit, a major city in Salaheddin province north of Baghdad.
Militants then stormed the offices and a suicide bomber killed five employees inside Salaheddin TV, including a female anchor and the head of its news department, police said.
At least two attackers wore explosive vests.
Security forces arrived at the scene, fought the attackers and regained control of the building, police said.
Authorities imposed a curfew on Tikrit, and Salaheddin TV stopped broadcasting until further notice.
Political and sectarian violence has plagued Iraq throughout the year, with thousands of deaths reported. Tensions have pervaded the Sunni community, which has felt marginalized by the Shiite-dominated government.
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