Explosions considered terrorism in Basra oil field

Attacks late Friday in Rumaila took out four pipelines and halted output, though didn't affect exports, officials said.
Smoke billows from the Zubair tank farm June 5, 2011, after a bomb exploded on a storage tank. (Source: Olive Group incident report)

BASRA - At least two explosions rocked areas in southern and south of the Rumaila oil field late Friday, cutting crude and increasing concerns over security, in an attack seemingly timed with the visit by the oil minister.

There were few details as of press time, with officials difficult to reach late evening on Friday, the one traditional day off in Iraq, and a general reluctance to discuss security issues in the oil sector as the country opens up to foreign investors.

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