Friday, April 06, 2007

Report: Explosion strikes oil pipeline in northern Iraq near Kirkuk

Kirkuk, Apr. 6 (VOI) – Unidentified men bombed an Iraqi oil pipeline in southern Kirkuk on Friday morning, setting the oil installation ablaze, a security source in the Iraqi police said.

"The pipeline, which carries oil from Kirkuk to the Baiji refineries and is near the main road linking Kirkuk to the district of al-Huweija, was blown up with an explosive charge, causing a thick blaze firefighters are trying to control," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

The oil industry in the northern fields are coming under constant attacks, which upsets the regularity of Iraqi oil exports.

The northern oil fields are considered Iraq's only outlet to sell crude oil exports via the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. Oil-rich fields in Kirkuk, 250 km northeast of Baghdad, have stopped regular exporting as a result of attacks that caused harms estimated at billions of dollars.

From VOI

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