Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Pipeline into Turkey

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Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Pipeline into Turkey

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 15:35
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Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Pipeline into Turkey (ruskpp / Shutterstock)
Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Pipeline into Turkey (ruskpp / Shutterstock)

In what Turkish officials presume to be sabotage, an Iranian-Turkey gas pipeline exploded last Thursday in eastern Turkey near Dogubayazit in Agrı Province.

“Iran’s gas flow to Turkey has temporarily stopped because of a blast by some opposition groups inside Turkey around 1830 GMT on Thursday night,” Majid Aghai, an official from the Iranian Interior Ministry, said.

Sabotage is common on pipelines leading into Turkey from Iran and Iraq, where the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) armed group is based. The collapse of the cease fire between Turkey and the PKK has led to renewed violence between the two sides.

The PKK has fought a three-decade-old insurgency that has killed more than 40,000 people.

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