Rockets target Khor Mor gas field in Iraqi Kurdistan, operations unaffected

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Oct 12 (Reuters) – At least eight Katyusha rockets were fired at the Khor Mor gas field in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday, but the attack did not cause any casualties or affect operations, officials said. indicated sources.

The rockets fell close to the ground, security sources and local Kurdish sources said. Khor Mor is in the Sulaimaniya region of northern Iraq and has been attacked before.

The Pearl Consortium, UAE energy company Dana Gas (DANA.AD) and its subsidiary, Crescent Petroleum, have the rights to exploit Khor Mor and Chemchemal, two of Iraq’s largest gas fields.

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“The attack caused no casualties and operations are normal on the ground. Investigations are ongoing by security forces at this time,” Lawk Ghafuri, Head of Foreign Media Affairs for the Kurdistan Regional Government said on Twitter.

“We now hear four or five mortars. No damage or casualties,” an industry source inside the Khor Mor field said.

A local commander of Hashid Shaabi, a state-run umbrella that includes Shiite militias, said he found a rocket launcher with a timer attached to the top of a mini-truck in a rural area about 20 km (15 miles) southwest. of Khor Mor.

At least eight Katyusha rounds were fired from the launcher, which carried 12 rockets. Four unfired rockets were found inside the launcher, the local commander said.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the previous series of attacks on Khor Mor, Kurdish officials have publicly said they believe they were carried out by Iran-backed militias.

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Reporting by Ali Sultan and Ahmed Rasheed; Additional reporting by Maha El-Dahan and Amina Ismail; Written by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Grant McCool

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