By HASSAN HAFIDH
A pipeline carrying fuel from Iraq's largest refinery was attacked and sabotaged
Wednesday by unknown assailants, the Iraqi oil ministry said.
"The attackers targeted a 16-inch fuel pipeline at 02:10
local time early on Wednesday [23:10 GMT Tuesday] stopping flow
in the pipeline," the ministry said in a statement emailed to
Dow Jones Newswires.
The attack hit the pipeline carrying oil from the refinery in Baiji to Mosul in
northern Iraq. It's the second attack on the pipeline in less
than a week, forcing the country to ship fuel by road through
the northern Ninava province.
Ninava province gets all of its fuel from the damaged
pipeline, which will take few days to fix.
Technical teams have started work to extinguish the fire and
repair the pipeline, the ministry said.
Mosul and several other Sunni governorates have seen intense
protests against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, reflecting the
fears of many Sunni's that they will be marginalized by Mr.
Maliki's Shiite-led government.
The protesters have called for an end to the random arrests of
Sunnis and the freeing of prisoners whom they believe have been
arrested without any clear charges.
The attack on the pipeline coincided with a string of
bombings the recent of which rocked Kirkuk, Iraq's oil hub,
late on Tuesday and around Baghdad during the weekend. Al
Qaida's so-called Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility
for attacks that left at least 29 people dead.
Dow Jones Newswires