Smuggling racket revealed in Dhi Qar

A rare occurrence in Dhi Qar as smugglers mask a tapping operation in a water treatment plant. It's a "big and important" find, said the local police commander.

NASSIRIYA - An elaborate oil smuggling operation has been uncovered in Dhi Qar province, rattling local authorities, where a water purification factory on a remote stretch of highway was discovered to be tapping an oil pipeline.

"The incident is big and important," said Major General Sabah al-Fatlawi of Dhi Qar police, "because it was carefully planned and no one suspected anything. It was a systematic plan."

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