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.