Asiacell shuts offices in Iraq's Mosul after attacks

May 10, 2012 16:19

MOSUL, Iraq - Mobile phone operator Asiacell has closed its offices in the Iraqi city of Mosul, an al Qaeda stronghold, after attacks and threats by militants, security officials and employees said this week.

Police sources said the firm had suffered bomb attacks on its facilities, assassination attempts against employees and extortion demands.Asiacell, a unit of Qatar Telecommunications, is one of three main mobile operators in Iraq.

"The security forces have tried hard to eradicate terrorism and we have discussed the militant attacks with the company manager," Mehdi al-Gharrawi, Mosul police chief, told Reuters.

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