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Gas Pipeline Blast Kills 2, Injures Dozens in Southern Iraq: Police

At least two people were killed and 51 were injured in a gas pipeline blast in southern Iraq, Police said.

The incident had taken place near the southern city of Samawa, 270 km south of Baghdad, forcing authorities to shut down the pipeline while firefighters were attempting to contain the blaze.

Iraq’s Security Media Cell said in a statement that two children were killed and 28 people, including nine Shia militiamen of Hashd al-Shaabi, were injured.

The causes of the explosion is still unknown, the statement said.

Iraqi energy officials said the domestic line is transporting gas from some of the southern fields to feed power stations in some southern cities and a key power station near Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat reported. Source