By Hussein al-Amir
Part of a strategic oil pipeline was blown up by unidentified attackers in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province on Wednesday, according to a local Kurdish Peshmerga officer.
“The attackers targeted an auxiliary pipeline linking Kirkuk’s Bay Hassan oilfields to a main storage depot from which oil is pumped to Turkey’s Ceyhan Port,” Peshmerga Captain Kameran Mahmoud told Anadolu Agency.
“The attack caused a fire and temporarily halted the flow of oil,” Mahmoud said, adding, however, that the attack did not have a major effect on oil flows to Ceyhan.
Crude oil from northern Iraq is pumped via the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan Port on the eastern Mediterranean coast, from which it is exported to foreign markets.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.