Saudi oil pipeline set alight after brief fire exchange

Officials say the incident had no impact on oil or gas production

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A small fire broke out on an oil pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after gunmen shot at a police patrol.

The fire broke out after assailants and Saudi security forces exchanged fire near a checkpoint in the village of Awamiya in the eastern Qatif district.

A Saudi security source quoted by Reuters said the fire started after a “stray” bullet hit the pipeline after shots were fired at security forces patrolling the oil-rich Eastern Province.

One security member was injured in the shooting, but no casualties were reported following the fire, Al Arabiya Net reported.

The pipeline has been repaired later and the incident had no impact on oil production, Reuters quoted officials as saying.

Local police released a statement saying they have launched an investigation into the incident.

(with Reuters)

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