Iraqi forces clear Akkas gas field of ISIS mines

The Akkas gas field in western Anbar is now fully cleared of "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) war remnants, the Iraqi police in Anbar province said Thursday (February 1st).

"In co-operation with the Ministry of Oil’s engineering units, the security forces removed all landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which ISIS had planted in Akkas gas field," Anbar police chief Maj. Gen. Hadi Kassar Erzaij told Diyaruna.

"The open wells were sealed off and barriers were placed around them," he said.

More than 170 landmines and IEDs were removed from the field, he said, adding that "all risks from potential blasts were neutralised".

"Our forces also arrested a gang involved in stealing equipment from the field," Erzaij said, noting that stolen items including power generators and water pumps were recovered.

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