Blast suspends transport of gas on Iran-Turkey pipeline


ISTANBUL: An explosion overnight on Monday suspended the transport of gas along a pipeline connecting Turkey and Iran in the eastern Turkish province of Agri, Ankara’s energy minister said. “The explosion caused a fire. But we managed to put it out quickly. The transportation of gas will resume when the pipeline is repaired,” Taner Yildiz said in a statement, according to state-run news agency Anatolia. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but Turkish media pointed the finger at the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK has fought a decades-long insurgency in southeastern Turkey, and is regarded as a terrorist organization by both Ankara and Washington.



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