Iraq's largest oil refinery shut by bombing

Iraq's largest oil refinery was shut down on Saturday after militants carried out a bomb attack and set it on fire

Iraq's largest oil refinery shut by bombing


Iraq's largest oil refinery was shut down on Saturday after militants carried out a bomb attack and set it on fire, the governor of Salahuddin province said.

The militants killed four people and planted bombs at production units for kerosene and benzene at the refinery in the town of Baiji, about 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, Governor Ahmed al-Jubouri said.

"There is a big fire in the refinery and the refinery has completely stopped," Jubouri told Reuters.

The refinery normally operates at 70 percent of its capacity and produces 11 million litres of gasoline, 7 million litres of benzene and 4.5 million litres of kerosene a day.

Reuters

Last Mod: 26 Şubat 2011, 09:21
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