Kirkuk oil pipeline attacked

Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk has been covered with a thick pall of smoke after fighters attacked the oil and gas infrastructure.

    Attacks on oil resources have caused around $8 billion in losses

    A gas pipeline was left burning on Sunday evening after a bomb attack near the Havana

    field, 40km north of Kirkuk

    "A fire broke out after the explosion, caused by saboteurs at

    10pm (1900 GMT)," said a Northern Oil Company official.

    "Firefighters are on site trying to contain the fire," said the

    official on Monday. 

    A second explosion set ablaze a nearby oil pipeline, police

    said, without being able to say what caused the blast.

    Firefighters were unable to get close to the fierce fire, the result

    of what the NOC said was the first such attack in the area north of

    Kirkuk in four months.

    Last Thursday, a pipeline linking Kirkuk to the oil refinery

    town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, was attacked by a rocket.

    According to the interim Iraqi government, persistent

    attacks on the country's oil resources have caused losses of $7-$8

    billion in much-needed oil export revenue.

    US soldier killed 

    Separately, one US soldier was killed and

    another was wounded in an attack on a military base in Iraq, the

    US army said on Monday.

    The attack occurred on Sunday at a base near Samarra, 100km 

    north of Baghdad, an army statement said.

    The death

    was a result of indirect fire, probably a mortar round, it added.

    Fighters frequently fire mortars at US bases, but

    generally cause little damage. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


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