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Blast disables Iraq gas pipeline

02 August 2013

An explosion and fire on August 2 cut a pipeline around 60 km west of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, disrupting gas supplies to power plants at Baiji, Mosul and Taji near Baghdad, according to Reuters. The agency quoted an Iraqi oil ministry spokesman as saying the reason behind the blast was not clear and that repair work could take 2-3 days.

Security in Iraq has been deteriorating in recent months as Sunni Islamist insurgent groups including al Qaeda regain momentum in their insurgency against the Shi'ite-led government.

Bombs and leakages have repeatedly interrupted oil flow through the pipeline linking Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, and repair crews sent to fix the damage have come under attack.

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