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Iran’s main gas pipeline sabotaged, says oil minister

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The Iranian oil minister said that two explosions occurred along Iran’s primary south-north gas pipeline network on Wednesday, attributing the incidents to sabotage. However, no specific suspects were named in the statement.

“This terrorist act of sabotage occurred at 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the network of national gas transmission pipelines in two regions of the country,” Owji told state TV.

Contrary to initial reports, authorities clarified that the sabotage did not result in gas cuts to industries and offices in several provinces, as reported by state media outlets.

Minister Javad Owji highlighted the timing of the sabotage, stating that the terrorist act occurred at 1 am on Wednesday in two regions of the country within the national gas transmission pipeline network.

According to Owji, gas outages were limited to villages near the damaged pipeline sections, and repairs are expected to be completed by the end of the day. State media indicated that temporary restrictions had been anticipated due to planned maintenance.

Owji drew attention to a previous incident in 2011, citing it as another instance of sabotage that resulted in temporary gas shortages in four regions across the country, emphasizing the recurring nature of such attacks.

While occurrences of sabotage are infrequent in Iran, Arab separatist militants claimed responsibility for blowing up two oil pipelines in coordinated attacks in the western Khuzestan province in 2017.

Additionally, Iran executed five individuals in December, alleging their involvement in acts of sabotage linked to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, amidst ongoing tensions between the two countries.

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