Explosion halts Iraq oil exports to Turkey
Saturday 14-05-2005

BAGHDAD: Iraq stopped efforts to resume sustained crude oil exports through Turkey on Friday after a bomb hit the main pumping station feeding its northern pipeline, said an Iraqi oil official.

... The Iraqi oil official gave a more conservative figure, saying an average of 100,000 bpd had been moving through the pipeline to Ceyhan, where about 400,000 barrels were stored. He said another sabotage blast had hit a domestic pipeline from Kirkuk that feeds refineries.

In other violence, a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a truck transporting 40 Iraqi soldiers in Baquba, killing two soldiers and a civilian and wounding six others, said security officials.

... A policeman was also shot dead and three were wounded when gunmen opened fire on their patrol in western Baghdad, said security officials and medics. Two civilians were also injured. Near Basra, gunmen kidnapped a border guard colonel from his home in Abi al-Khasib, said army officials.


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