The Iraqi army on Friday (February 1st) thwarted a mortar attack on an area where oil pipelines come together in Anbar province, officials said.
"Gunmen attempted to target a point that controls and regulates strategic oil pipelines between Iraq and Jordan in the city of Haditha, west of Ramadi, using mortars," said Lt. Col. Najm al-Dulaimi, the Iraqi army spokesman in Anbar.
The army surrounded the area, arrested three gunmen and seized one mortar and five shells in the gunmen's possession, he told Al-Shorfa.
"The gunmen resorted to shelling the area with rockets because they could not get past the security measures in the area," he said.
Al-Dulaimi said the gunmen were al-Qaeda members and "were taken to a security detention facility pending their referral to the Iraqi judiciary as per Article 4 of the anti-terrorism law".