Explosion hits Turkish gas pipeline: official
A worker carries out a routine check at a natural gas control center of Turkey's Petroleum and Pipeline Corporation, west of Ankara, on January 7, 2009. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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An unexplained explosion has hit the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars-Erzurum gas pipeline in eastern Turkey, a provincial governor has told Anadolu Agency.
Gunay Ozdemir said the blast happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning at a section of the pipeline located in the Sarikamis district of Kars province; gas flow was cut in Yagbasan village for safety reasons.
"An investigation is underway into the explosion and the necessary measures have been taken," Ozdemir said.
Last week, the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline was attacked in southeastern Sirnak province, in an incident blamed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants.
The bombing took place 18 kilometers [11 miles] inside the Cizre district of Sirnak province, next to Turkey’s border with Iraq.