Bombs in Daura refinery intensify security scare

Four bombs found in Baghdad's main refinery could have caused massive damage, the third inside job on Iraq's oil sector in four months.
Smoke billows from the Zubair tank farm June 5, 2011, after a bomb exploded on a storage tank. (Source: Olive Group incident report)

BAGHDAD - In the past 10 days, four bombs were planted inside Iraq's second-largest refinery, in central Baghdad, in what investigators are considering another inside job.

One bomb exploded on an empty storage tank. Authorities discovered and dismantled another three, one of which, a source familiar with the refinery said, could have taken as much as a 75 percent of the refinery offline, which has a capacity of 210,000 barrels per day (bpd).

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