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Fire at Iraq oil refinery injures four

A blast at an oil refinery in the Iraqi city of Basra triggered a fire which injured four people on Tuesday, an oil ministry official said, adding that the blaze was swiftly brought under control. The ministry blamed an overflying coalition forces helicopter for igniting gas particles in the air and causing the blast in the southern port city, but the US military denied the claim. Spokesman Assim Jihad told AFP that the explosion occurred at a gas production unit at the refinery in Basra, the second biggest city in Iraq whose port handles 80 percent of all the country’s oil exports. Full Story

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