Iraq oil minister survives bomb attack

Iraqi Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum has survived an apparent assassination attempt in Baghdad after a roadside bomb hit his motorcade, killing three of his escorts, police and a ministry spokesman say.

    Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum was not injured (file)

    "The minister was going to attend a ceremony in Baiji when a roadside bomb exploded," on Monday, the minister's spokesman Assem Jihad said.

     

    He added that the minister's convoy was heading for Baiji, a refining town 180km north of the capital.

     

    "The minister is fine and is now at the ministry in a meeting with his staff," he added.

     

    Jihad said he knew of two bodyguards who were killed and two seriously wounded when two of the cars in the convoy were destroyed in the Rashdiya district of northern Baghdad.

     

    A police source later said three guards had died.

     

    Iraq's oil industry, which has the world's third-largest known reserves, has been crippled by war, sanctions and the uprising among minority Sunni Arabs.

     

    Production remains limited, curbed by decaying infrastructure and sabotage, but oil provides the main hope of prosperity for the country.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?