Attack shuts Iraq's largest oil refinery, kills 1

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February 26, 2011 09:44

 
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BAGHDAD — A local government official said gunmen attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery on Saturday, killing one guard and detonating bombs that sparked a fire and forced the facility to shut down.

The spokesman for Salahuddin province, Mohammed al-Asi, said the assailants broke into the Beiji refinery, attacked the guards and planted bombs. One guard was killed and another wounded.

Firefighters were trying to put out a blaze started by the bomb explosions.

The refinery processes about 150,000 barrels of oil per day.

Beiji is about 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

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