Turkish official: Kurdish rebels attack gas pipeline

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 25, 2010 19:38




ANKARA, Turkey — An official on Wednesday said suspected Kurdish rebels have blown up part of an Iranian-Turkish pipeline, shutting down the natural gas supply to Turkey.

Gov. Ali Yerlikaya of Agri province says no one was injured in the blast late Tuesday. The gas flow was immediately cut and repairs to the pipeline were under way Wednesday.

Yerlikaya did not say when the pipeline would be operational.

Kurdish rebels have attacked pipelines close to the border with Iraq and Iran in the past as part of their campaign for autonomy. Two people were killed in a similar attack on an Iraqi-Kurdish oil pipeline on Aug. 10.

Iran is a major supplier of natural gas to Turkey, after Russia.


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