Explosion hits gas pipeline in Turkey’s east

An explosion has damaged a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey near the Gürbulak border crossing point in the Turkish province of Ağrı, Gazete Duvar reported.

A fire that broke out after the explosion was extinguished by cutting the gas flow as authorities investigated the cause.

Turkish security forces have not yet made a statement on the cause of the explosion, but Duvar quoted an official from Iran’s state-run energy company as saying terrorists had attacked the pipeline.

When a Turkish armoured vehicle came under rocket attack in the same part of Ağrı early in March, the Interior Ministry also blamed terrorists, likely referring to militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has fought for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey for decades.