Police arrest suspect 25 years after crime
ISIS launched a coordinated assault yesterday on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 12 people, according to Iraqi officials. The attack started at dawn with a suicide car bomber hitting the main gate of the plant in the town of Taji, about 20km north of Baghdad. Then several suicide bombers and militants broke into the plant and clashed with the security forces, an official said, adding that 25 troops were wounded. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency credited a group of ‘Caliphate soldiers’ for the attack. In a statement, Iraq’s Deputy Oil Minister Hamid Younis said firefighters managed to control and extinguish a fire caused by the explosions. Younis said technicians were examining the damage. The ISIS terror group still controls significant areas in northern and western Iraq, including the secondlargest city of Mosul. It has declared an Islamic caliphate on the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria. It has recently increased its attacks in a campaign that Iraqi officials say is an attempt to distract from their recent battlefield losses. Since Wednesday, more than 100 people have been killed in a string of bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere. Police in northeastern China say they have caught a suspected murderer who has been on the run for 25 years. The man, who is identified only by his surname, Guo, allegedly killed six members of a family in 1991 “over a trivial matter”, according to an online statement from Shuangyashan city police. The murders took place in Heilongjiang province’s Raohe county, which borders Russia. The statement said that Guo was detained on May 8 in China’s western region of Xinjiang, along with his wife, Wang. She was detained on suspicion of shielding a criminal.