Four killed, main oil pipeline attacked in southern Iraq

Violence gripped southern Iraq Friday, with a bomb attack on a main oil pipeline extending to the al-Dawra oil refinery in the capital Baghdad and the killing of four Iraqi army officers in a separate attack.

Four killed, main oil pipeline attacked in southern Iraq
Violence gripped southern Iraq Friday, with a bomb attack on a main oil pipeline extending to the al-Dawra oil refinery in the capital Baghdad and the killing of four Iraqi army officers in a separate attack.

Assem Jihad, spokesman for Iraq's Oil Ministry, said an explosive device was planted underneath the pipeline, which begins in the Udwaniya region, the independent Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency reported Friday.

The explosion caused several fires which engulfed the area with clouds of smoke. The attack is expected to productivity of the al- Dawra refinery, which has a capacity ranging from 110,000 to 130,000 barrels a day.

Separately, police sources in al-Hilla, 100 kilometres south of Baghdad, said that four army officers were killed when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb.

In Baquba, capital of the north-eastern Diyala province, an armed group wearing Iraqi military uniforms reportedly kidnapped nine Iraqi civilians in, witnesses told VOI.

The kidnappers had reportedly set up a bogus checkpoint between Qadaa al-Khales and al-Azeem town to waylay the group.

In another incident west of Baquba, which lies 60 kilometres north-east of Baghdad, seven Iraqi servicemen travelling in a military vehicle were wounded in an explosion caused by a bomb placed on a main road.

In another development, 24 bodies were discovered across Baghdad in the 24 hours to Friday. According to local authorities, some of the bodies showed signs of torture while others were bullet-riddled.

Around 16 of the bodies were found on the edge of the western al-Kharkh area while eight were found east of the capital in the area of al-Rasafah.

Meanwhile, the number of civilians killed by a car bomb in Baghdad climbed to at least 17 people, with 25 injured, VOI reported Friday, citing police sources.

Earlier reports of the incident, which occurred Thursday in front of a restaurant in the southern part of the city, said five people were killed and 15 injured.

Meanwhile, the United States military reported that three of its soldiers died in Baghdad on Thursday. Two died and another two were injured when a mine exploded under their vehicle in the south of Baghdad.

A third US soldier was confirmed to have died in western Baghdad but no details of the incident were supplied.

DPA
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