Oil pipeline attacked in northern Iraq

20:04, April 22, 2010      

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Insurgents on Thursday blew up an oil pipeline that carries crude oil to Turkey in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, a provincial police source said.

The attack took place on Thursday morning in the desert area of al-Hadhar, some 120 km south of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast caused fire and thick black smoke billowed into the sky above the area, the source said.

Fire engines rushed to the scene to put out the fire and prevented an escalation of the damage, as Iraqi security forces sealed off the area, the source added.

Iraq's oil pipelines have been frequently attacked and sabotaged by insurgents since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Source: Xinhua


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