First foreign oil company attacked

Zero casualty and only equipment damage, but Ninewa attack on exploration company raises profile of security threats to the oil sector.
An oil worker walks past a line of trucks used for conducting seismic survey at the al-Ahdab oil field in Wasit province on March 11, 2009. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters)

In the first direct attack on a foreign company developing Iraq's oil sector, unknown assailants bombed a storage facility belonging to the exploration firm Terraseis, a subcontractor on the Angolan firm Sonangol's Najmah oil field project.

Late Wednesday night at a facility outside of Mosul, attackers -- who were "wearing Iraqi military uniforms," according to a senior Mosul police official -- disarmed a group of guards.

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