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Explosions shut down oil pipeline in Iraq

A policeman inspects a damaged vehicle at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

BAGHDAD: Officials said Thursday bomb attacks in northern Iraq damaged part of a pipeline exporting oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

A police officer and an oil official said that three bombs went off next to the pipeline Wednesday night in a deserted area south of Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad. They said the technical teams are repairing it, but gave no time to resume pumping.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

The pipeline carries nearly a quarter of the country's daily oil exports, which last month stood at 2.32 million barrels. It is a favorite target for militants seeking to disrupt the government. Oil sales account for about 95 percent of Iraq's total revenue.

 

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