Kurdistan

10.08.12

Turkish-Iranian Pipeline Blows Up...

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Gas flows have halted on a pipeline carrying Iranian natural gas to Turkey due to an explosion in southeastern Turkey early on Monday, according to reports.Turkish energy officials told wire services Reuters and Agence France Presse the blast occurred in the area of Dogubayazit, Agri province near the Iranian border.

They said damage assessment work had begun and it was not immediately clear when the gas flow will resume or what caused the blast, which occurred around 0100 GMT. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has previously claimed responsibility for repeated attacks on pipelines in Turkey in its 28-year-old armed campaign against the Turkish state which has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

Flows have also been halted several times on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline carrying crude oil from Iraq to Turkey in recent months due to suspected sabotage blamed on the PKK.