World Bulletin/News Desk
A blast hit Iraq's Umm Qasr commodities port, one of the country's largest, near the oil-exporting southern port city of Basra, two dockside workers said on Saturday.
It was not immediately clear what the cause of the blast was, or whether it had affected port traffic. The port does not export crude oil but mainly handles commodities shipments.
"A powerful blast took place at around 12:30 p.m. (0930 GMT) near Berth 17 of Umm Qasr port shattering the windows of nearby offices," port employee Haider Abbas said.
Shipping traffic was unaffected by a truck bomb at Iraq's southern Umm Qasr commodities port on Saturday, a maritime transport official said.
"Shipping movements and unloading operations at Umm Qasr port were not disrupted by the explosion," Mahdi Askar, an official with the state-run General Company for Maritime Transport told Reuters.
Askar and a provincial official said the blast was caused by a truck bomb.
Umm Qasr, near Iraq's border with Kuwait, sits at the top of the strategic Gulf waterway. It is close to the city of Basra, about 420 km (260 miles) southeast of the capital Baghdad.
Imports there include grain shipments and heavy equipment used in the oil industry.Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ağustos 2013, 17:07