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7-18-03

Iraqi oil, water pipes sabotaged, officials say

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqis were dealing Monday with an exploded water pipeline that flooded Baghdad streets, and a burning oil pipeline in northern Iraq -- both of which officials blamed on saboteurs.

Military officials do not believe the attacks were the work of an organized group, U.S.-led military coalition spokesman Charles Heatley said.

The water pipeline burst Sunday in the Adamiya neighborhood. Streets were flooded and much of Baghdad was without running water.

The oil pipeline -- which caught fire Saturday -- runs from an oil field near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Turkish port city of Ceyhan. Officials said they expect the flow of oil in the pipeline to resume in about a week.

Sunday, the U.S. military and Iraqi officials were investigating eyewitness reports that another oil pipeline was on fire, and may have been sabotaged, military officials said.

U.S. Central Command said pilots reported the fire northwest of the city of Mosul, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. (Full story)

U.S. administrators in Iraq say restoring the oil industry infrastructure and getting Iraqi oil to market is vital to jump-starting the economy there.

Late Saturday, at least six Iraqi detainees were killed when three mortars slammed into the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib Prison, about 22 miles west of Baghdad, U.S. military officials said. The Iraqi Governing Council said the death toll was 10.

U.S. officials said three people died at the scene and three at military hospitals. The incident is being investigated.

The prison contains local criminals and others suspected of launching attacks on coalition forces, U.S. officials said. The prison is guarded by the 800th Military Police Brigade and U.S. forces patrol near the area.

An investigation was launched into the shooting death by U.S. forces of Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana. The news agency said Dana was working outside the prison when he was hit. Dana, 43, had worked for Reuters for 10 years.

In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, British soldiers saved the life of a baby girl found in a padlocked box in the middle of a weapons cache, the British Ministry of Defense said Monday.

Entering a house during a weapons search Sunday, two soldiers opened a locked metal box, finding a baby girl who appeared to be unconscious. After the soldiers revived her with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and identified the child's mother, both mother and daughter were taken to a hospital. The baby is "safe and well," the ministry said.

Other developments

• An audio tape airing on Dubai-based Al Arabiya television Monday says al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar are alive and well. The voice -- reportedly of al Qaeda spokesman Abdel Rahman al-Najdi in Afghanistan -- also calls on Muslims to fight U.S. forces in Iraq. It promised to send more al Qaeda members to help them. CNN has not verified the recording. • Sunday, the Arab-language television network Al Jazeera aired a video showing five men seated in front of two rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons, their faces covered by red scarves. The men said they were members of the National Iraqi Islamic Resistance, and they claimed responsibility for attacks against the coalition. They said attacks can be expected until U.S. troops leave Iraq. Al Jazeera said the video was filmed in early August.

• Two U.S. soldiers were shot and wounded Saturday as they were leaving a restaurant in Baghdad, according to the coalition press information center. They were treated at a nearby military medical facility, and their wounds were not life-threatening.

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