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Iraq Oil Pipelines to Turkey Shut After Explosion, AP Says

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July 21 (Bloomberg) -- An explosion and fire shut two pipelines that transport oil from Kirkuk in northern Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, the Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed official from the Turkish energy ministry.

The blast, which happened late yesterday, damaged a section of one of the pipelines, AP cited the official as saying. The second pipeline runs parallel and was shut down as a precautionary measure, according to the report. Firefighters were still trying to extinguish the blaze, the official said.

The cause of the explosion is still being investigated and may have been due to sabotage, AP cited the official as saying.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ayesha Daya in Dubai at adaya1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net