PKK behind Turkey gas pipeline explosion: official

19:31, July 21, 2010      

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A Turkish provincial governor said Wednesday the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) was behind an earlier explosion at a natural gas pipeline in east Turkey, local media reported.

The blast, occurring at a pipeline close to Topcatan village in Dogubayazit town of Agri province early on Wednesday, was caused by PKK members, the semi-official Anatolia news agency quoted Agri Governor Ali Yerlikaya as saying.

Nobody was injured in the incident, Yerlikaya said.

However, the blast damaged several work places and houses in the area surrounding the pipeline that carries natural gas from Iran to Turkey, the agency reported earlier. Iran has been Turkey' s second largest supplier of natural gas.

A fire erupted after the explosion but calmed down as officials from Turkey's Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) closed the valves at the Gurbulak border gate and in the town center, the report said.

The PKK, labelled as a terrorist group by the Turkish government, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in the conflicts since then.

Source: Xinhua


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