Sunni Islamists Take Over Much of Northern Iraqi Town

Town hall is under siege


(Reuters)—Sunni Islamist insurgents took over much of a northern Iraqi town on Thursday and laid siege to its town hall, weeks after militants seized a whole city from the country's Shi'ite-led government.

The mayor of Sulaiman Pek, trapped in the building, identified the gunmen as members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Sunni group which was also involved in the takeover of the city of Falluja.