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

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Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, August 22, 2014. Picture taken August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT)

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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