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Bombs hit oil pipelines in Iraq

Two bombs have struck separate oil pipelines in southern Iraq at the country's largest oil field, causing a temporary cut in production.

The deputy head of the Basra provincial council, Ahmed al-Sulaiti, said the blasts hit the pipelines in the Rumaila field late on Friday, sparking a fire that was put out by firefighters a few hours later.

The director-general of the state-run South Oil, Dhia Jaafar, said the blasts forced officials to cut production in half - though it should be restored to normal levels in two days.

Rumaila is being developed by BP and China's CNPC.

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