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Blasts Damage Turkey's Kirkuk-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline

Explosions have shut down a pipeline in southeastern Turkey that carries oil from Iraq to a Mediterranean port.

Officials said the overnight explosions, at separate points along the pipeline near Idil in Turkey's Sirnak Province, triggered a fire.

One Turkish official was quoted as saying the fire had been extinguished and the flow of oil to the Turkish port of Ceyhan from the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk was being redirected through a second, parallel pipeline.

An official at Iraq's state-run North Oil Company, Hussein Gholam, said the flow of crude in the pipeline was stopped due to "sabotage."

He added that repairing the damage would take three days.

Kurdish rebels, fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast, have bombed the pipeline before.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and dpa