|15 Iranians, 3 Iraqis killed in Iraq gas pipeline attack||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the recent deadly terrorist attack on a group of pipeline workers in Iraq that killed 15 Iranians and 3 Iraqis.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Foreign Ministry expressed condolences to the bereaved families and said an investigation has been launched to determine the details of the terrorist act.
Masked gunmen launched the deadly attack on engineers and workers who were working on a gas pipeline in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on Friday. In addition, four Iranian workers and four Iraqi workers were injured, medical and local officials said.
According to Reuters, one worker injured in the assault said the attackers sped up in three cars as he and his colleagues were digging a trench to extend the line.
“Three of them got out of a car and started firing on the workers inside and outside the trench,” Ibrahem Aziz told Reuters by phone from hospital.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But officials said militants from the al-Qaeda group have been active in the area.
Iran signed a deal in July to build a pipeline and import gas to Iraq to fuel power plants in Baghdad and Diyala province.
Officials said the workers were employed by an Iranian oil and gas company, but did not give its name.
Violence in Iraq is at the highest level in at least five years. More than 8,000 people have been killed this year, according to the United Nations.
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|Last Updated on 14 December 2013 16:59|