Pipeline sabotage disrupts oil output

24 November 2003
A large explosion on an oil pipeline in northern Iraq early on 24 November disrupted output from the Jambur oil field to the Baiji refinery. Manager of the Northern Oil Company Adel al-Qazzaz said that he believed saboteurs were responsible for the explosion, which could be seen from the northern city of Kirkuk, some 30 kilometres away. Oil pipelines in northern Iraq have been repeatedly attacked since the start of the US-led invasion. The main pipeline in the region, which runs from the Kirkuk oilfields to Turkey's Mediterranean coast through the Baiji refinery, has been closed since March due to persistent sabotage (MEED 21:11:03).

The pipeline bombing came a day after three US civilian contractors working for the US' Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) were injured when a bomb exploded at an oil compound.

A senior Iraqi policeman, in charge of security for oil installations in the northern city of Mosul, was shot dead on 22 November. Abdel Salam Qanbar was killed on leaving a mosque in the city, police general Khaled Fathi Jassim told AFP.

Qanbar was appointed to his post by Mosul's chief of police, Mohammed Barhawi, in co-ordination with the US-led coalition.

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