Four people were killed and three others wounded Monday when gunmen wearing explosive vests briefly took over a television station in the northern city of Tikrit, an Iraqi security source told Efe.

The attack began with the detonation of a car bomb outside the headquarters of Salaheddin TV.

The assailants then stormed the building. Once inside, they killed a female news anchor, a producer, a sound engineer and a copy editor.

Two of the four attackers later died in a gunbattle with security forces, while the other two blew themselves up to avoid capture.

Dozens have been killed or injured in attacks on government buildings in Salaheddin province over the last three weeks.

Monday also saw six soldiers die in a mortar attack on an army post in Abu Ghraib, near Baghdad, and three troops killed by a roadside bomb in the western province of Al Anbar.

A recent rise in sectarian violence and terrorist attacks in Iraq left 948 people - mostly civilians - dead in November, according to the government. EFE