Northern Iraq oil pipeline attacked

An oil pipeline in northern Iraq, close to the Turkish border, has been attacked by militants.

Northern Iraq oil pipeline attacked

World Bulletin / News Desk

A major oil pipeline in northern Iraq was bombed on Saturday morning, forcing pumping to be suspended, security officials said.

Three explosions were reported on a pipeline in the Nineveh province close to the Turkish town of Ceyhan. No casualties have been reported.

Pumping is expected to resume on Sunday once a technical fault caused by the blasts is fixed.

An official with the state-owned North Oil Co in the city of Kirkuk said the suspension was caused by a technical fault, and said repairs were being carried out on the pipeline, with pumping expected to resume on Sunday.

The pipeline is vital for Iraq’s oil exports, which generates 95% of Iraq’s government revenues and makes up two-thirds of the nation’s GDP. It is often attacked by militants.

Last Mod: 02 Kasım 2013, 16:35
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