Pipeline attack in Iraq halts oil exports

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 16:20

Baghdad: Insurgents blew up a major oil pipeline in northern Iraq, halting the country`s oil exports via Turkey, a police source said Tuesday.

The attack took place late Monday when gunmen bombed the oil pipeline near the area of Tulool al-Baj, some 250 km north of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua.

The blast struck the main pipeline that convey crude oil from Iraq`s largest refinery in Baiji, some 200 km north of Baghdad, heading north to Turkey and then to its port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea.

"The sabotage caused a huge fire at the scene and resulted in an oil leak, prompting authorities to halt the oil pumping."

Iraq`s oil pipelines have been frequently attacked by insurgents since the US-led invasion in 2003.

IANS



First Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 16:20
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