>> This blast on the outskirts of Baghdad, the work of Islamic State. The extremist group claiming responsibility for the suicide attack Sunday. Police sources say at least 11 people were killed as militants struck a gas plant. A car bomb detonated at the facility's entrance allowing another vehicle to gain access.
In the ensuing firefight, security forces are then thought of to have clashed with at least six militants wearing explosive vests. Three gas tanks were blown up in the raids before it was repelled. Islamic State, currently controlling large swathes of Western and Northern Iraq, has stepped up attacks recently.
A wave of bombings by the group this week have killed around 100 people. On Saturday, Iraq's Prime Minister warned that the jihadists were capitalizing on a political crisis in the country. The current government is deadlocked as rival factions struggle to agree on a new cabinet. This latest elaborate and coordinated attack by Islamic State is yet another reminder of the danger at their door.