Eight suicide bombers broke into the gas plant and blew up a car bomb at one of its entrances, interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said in a statement.
Some of the attackers detonated suicide belts while others were killed by bullets, according to Maan, who said explosions set fire to three gas tanks.
Footage showed huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky but the Joint Operations Command said the fire had been brought under control.Daesh has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, CNN has said.
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