UPDATE: Northern exports resume after Turkey pipeline explosion

Bombs in Turkish territory target the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, temporarily taking it offline.
UPDATE: Northern exports resume after Turkey pipeline explosion
Iraq’s Oil Police secure the site of a burning oil pipeline near the northern city of Kirkuk on July 3, 2006, after it was bombed by insurgents. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

KIRKUK - Three bombs tore through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline on the Turkish side near the Iraqi border early Thursday morning, but exports were restarted 12 hours later through the system's backup pipeline.

"At 1:20 am on April 5 the northern strategic pipeline was targeted within Turkish territory," said Assem Jihad, the Oil Ministry spokesman. "After, the pumping was stopped. We received information that the fire was under control after the explosion; at around 12:30 pm, pumping was resumed on the alternate pipeline."

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