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‘Terrorist’ attack on gas pipeline in Turkey halts exports: Iran

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Iran said on Tuesday its natural gas exports to Turkey have stopped after an attack on a pipeline inside the neighboring country, an Iranian official was quoted as saying by state media.

“This morning, terrorists attacked a natural gas pipeline inside Turkey near Iran’s Bazargan border with Turkey … Flow of gas has been halted,” said Mehdi Jamshidi-Dana, an official at Iran’s national Gas Co.

The attack was likely carried out by the Kurdish militia PKK, said Jamshidi-Dana.

“In the past, gas pipelines have exploded on several occasions on Turkish soil, and in most cases the PKK has been behind these attacks due to disputes with the central Turkish government, and the PKK is likely to have been behind this attack too,” he told the official IRNA news agency.

Iran’s natural gas exports to Turkey have been halted since 6:50 a.m. local time on Tuesday, said Jamshidi-Dana

Repairing the pipeline and resuming Iranian gas exports to Turkey would take three to four days, he added.

Tens of thousands have died since the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. The PKK is considered a terror group by Ankara, the United States, and the European Union.