Deadly Akkas attack underscores Anbar volatility

Three people were killed and one was kidnapped when a score of gunmen raided a work site at the Akkas gas field and escaped into the lawless desert of western Anbar.
Iraqi police officers of the Anbar 8th Battalion patrol in the Hurran Valley near the town of Haditha, 260 kms northwest of Baghdad on April 19, 2009. (ALI YUSSEF/AFP/Getty Images)

FALLUJAH - A large gang of gunmen attacked a facility at the Akkas gas field in Anbar province Monday, killing three workers and kidnapping another.

The Korean Gas Corp. (Kogas) is developing the Akkas field, which holds an estimated 5.6 trillion cubic feet of gas, under a 2011 contract with the Iraqi Oil Ministry. The attack took place in the al-Ibrahimi area of Anbar, 460 kilometers west of Baghdad, where subcontractor Baider al-Arab has been building a power plant intended to serve Akkas operations.

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