Six missiles land near oil refinery in Erbil

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Six missiles landed near an oil refinery in Erbil on Sunday, authorities in the Kurdistan Region said in a statement.

The missiles were launched from Nineveh province and fell near the KAR refinery, the authorities said without reporting any casualties or damage, according to Reuters.

The Region’s ministry of Peshmerga accused “outlaw groups” of attacking the area.

Kurdistan Region’s Security Council called on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to clear the area that becomes a “shelter for terrorists and gangsters”.

“They will pay the price,” it said in a statement. “We will cooperate with the federal government to confront and put an end to these sabotage acts.”

On April 6, three missiles also fell near the refinery, without causing any casualties. Sources in the Kurdistan Regional Government told Reuters then that the refinery is owned by Kurdish businessman Baz Karim Barzanji, the CEO of major domestic energy company the KAR Group.

In March, Iran attacked Erbil with a dozen ballistic missiles in an unprecedented assault on Erbil that appeared to target the United States and its allies. Only one person was hurt in that attack.

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