Iraq militants control second city of Mosul
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Iraq’s prime minister has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency, after Islamist militants effectively took control of Mosul.
Nouri Maliki acknowledged “vital areas” of the northern city had been seized.
Overnight, hundreds of armed men seized local government’s offices and police stations before taking control of the airport and the army’s headquarters.
About 150,000 people are thought to have fled and authorities have set up camps for them in three nearby towns.
Elsewhere, a double bomb attack in the central town of Baquba killed at least 20 people, police and medics said. The blasts, targeting a funeral procession, also wounded 28 people.
In the past week, the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and its allies have carried out major attacks on cities and towns in western and northern Iraq, killing scores of people.