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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Oil Pipeline Bombed

In northern Iraq:
An pipeline that carries crude oil from the northern Kirkuk oilfields to Turkey has been bombed and greatly damaged.

A security official of Iraq's Northern Oil Company, Juma Ahmad, confirmed on Monday that an explosive device badly damaged the pipe at around 1500 GMT.

He said the attack was carried out on a section between the Kirkuk oilfields to the Dibis pumping installations, 50km further north. Pumping had to be stopped in order to tackle the fire.

Issam Muhammad, another security official for Northern Oil, said Monday's fire had been put out, but the damage would take nearly two weeks to repair.