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Ministry: Militants Attack Oil Wells in Northern Iraq

Ministry: Militants Attack Oil Wells in Northern Iraq

Saturday, 17 April, 2021 - 10:00
Flames emerge from a pipeline at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

Militants using explosives attacked two oil wells northwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Saturday but no significant damage resulted and production was not affected, the Iraqi oil ministry said.

The attack at the Bay Hassan oilfield “did not cause a fire or damage, affect production or stop oil pumping from the well,” the ministry said in a statement.

An Iraqi security source said ISIS militants carried out the attacks at the Bay Hassan oil field in al-Dibis area, some 250 km north of Baghdad.

For its part, the Iraq North Oil Company confirmed in a brief statement that the attacks did not cause fires or stop oil production and pumping from the two wells.

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