September 29, 2006, RFE/RL -- An overnight explosion damaged Iran's natural-gas export pipeline to Turkey, bringing deliveries to a halt.
The head of Iran's national gas company, Reza Kasaeizadeh, confirmed Turkish reports about the blast, saying a preliminary investigation indicates it could be the result of an "act of sabotage."
The border region where the blast occurred is reportedly a stronghold of Kurdish militants.
Kasaeizadeh said the gas flow to Turkey could resume "within two to three days."
Turkey's Botas pipeline company confirmed that gas deliveries have come to a halt.
Turkish media quoted Agri district officials as saying the blast took place 1 kilometer south of the Iranian border town of Bazargan.
Up to 22 million cubic meters of natural gas are pumped daily through the Iran-Turkey pipeline.
(Mehr, Anadolu, NTV)
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