Garraf oil field attacked

Production is unaffected, and the police chief says local residents are reacting to belief that oil operations are responsible for recent earthquakes.
Garraf oil field attacked
Iraqi workers at a Weatherford rig on the Garraf oil field in Dhi Qar province, Sept. 2, 2013. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

NASSIRIYA - Attackers opened fire with machine guns and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) near a gas-oil separation station at the Garraf oil field in southern Dhi Qar province Friday evening.

The characteristics of the attack do not bear the hallmarks of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) group, and the provincial police chief said residents are upset at a series of recent earthquakes for which they blame oil operations. Three residents of a nearby village have been arrested.

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