Attackers blow up dormant Kirkuk pipeline

Latest attack on oil infrastructure doesn’t affect oil operations, but demonstrates persistent security holes in critical crude-producing province.
Attackers blow up dormant Kirkuk pipeline
Firefighters attempt to put out a fire in well no. 33 at the Khabbaz oil field on June 3, 2016. The wells were lit when a bomb exploded on May 4. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Unidentified attackers blew up a disused pipeline in the Dibis district of Kirkuk province early Wednesday, the latest in a string of sabotage attacks on oil infrastructure in this major oil hub.“A planted bomb sabotaged the pipeline near Qutan village between Kirkuk and Dibis early this morning,” said Ahmed Askari, the head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council Energy Committee.An official at the North Oil Company (NOC), the federally-controlled body that manages oil production in Kirk...

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