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Pipeline Blown Up By Bomb in Iraq

A bomb struck an oil pipeline Thursday in Iraq's southern city of Basra for the second time this week

A bomb struck an oil pipeline Thursday in Iraq's southern city of Basra for the second time this week.

In Basra Iraqi security forces have been fighting with Shiite militia during these days.

"The security situation in Basra is still unstable ... but this has not reflected negatively on works at oil output and export installations," Iraq's oil minister Hussein al-Shahristani said.

Al-Shahristani said his ministry has more than 12,000 police "who are on high alert and deployed around oil fields and pipelines."

The bomb exploded underneath the Zubair-1 pipeline that sends crude oil from the Basra Zubair oil field to tanks for Iraq's two exporting terminals on the Gulf: al-Umaiya and Basra, according to an official in Basra.