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Iranian Official: 10 People Likely Dead in Gas Pipeline Blast near Mashhad

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- A senior Iranian official announced on Saturday that the death toll from a blast in Sarakhs-Mashhad gas pipeline in Northeastern Iran may reach 10.

"About 9 to 10 people were killed in Sarakhs pipeline blast," Managing-Director of Iran Gas Engineering and Development Company Ali Reza Gharibi told FNA on Saturday.

The official added that 25 contractors were busy connecting the 48-inch Turkmen gas transfer pipeline to the nationwide gas network on Friday when the incident happened.

Gharibi said relief workers and medical team are now busy verifying cause(s) of the incident and its fatalities, coming to the firm conclusion that four are dead.

The official further announced that the damaged pipeline would be repaired within the next 48 hours.

He said the incident did not disrupt the regional gas supply project and the fuel was met from other lines.

Gharibi noted that the event wounded 16, with six of whom receiving outpatient treatment and the rest being transferred to Imam Reza Hospital in Mashhad through helicopter for treatment.

The inferno happened when an excavator hit a 36-inch gas line, which transfers gas from Khangiran gas refinery in Sarakhs to Mashhad. Passage of a 48-inch pipeline, transferring gas from Turkmenistan to Mashhad, under the said 36-inch pipeline added to strength of the fire.

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