Attack hits near Kurdistan’s export pipeline

An explosion Sunday night in the vicinity of a pumping station highlights potential vulnerabilities of key energy infrastructure.
A construction crew builds the KRG export pipeline, which links to the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP) at Feyshkabour, on April 7, 2013. Russian firm Rosneft subsequently took a 60 percent stake in the pipeline. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - An attack Sunday night caused an explosion in the vicinity of a key pumping station on Iraqi Kurdistan's oil export pipeline, just four days after a rocket struck near a refinery complex in Erbil.

In comparison to other recent attacks on or near energy infrastructure, Sunday's incident has been kept unusually quiet: the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not publicly acknowledged it, and several government and security officials said they had not heard about it.

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