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Blast halts Iran gas shipments to Turkey

Iranian natural gas shipments to Turkey have been cut as the pipeline was targeted by explosion

AP, Thursday 28 Jun 2012
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An explosion targeting a pipeline in eastern Turkey has cut off Iranian natural gas shipments to the country, Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday citing sources from the energy ministry.

The blast occurred at 23:00 GMT Wednesday in an area between villages of Hidirli and Kalender in the eastern province of Agri, said Anatolia.

The gas shipments were halted after the blast but the pipeline is expected to be back in operation within four to five days after maintenance, it added.

Turkey receives 27 million cubic metres of gas a day via the Iranian pipeline.

Officials did not identify any perpetrators but Kurdish rebels fighting for a homeland were widely seen as the main suspects.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

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