Ankara: An official says suspected Kurdish rebels blew up part of a natural gas pipeline in eastern Turkey as a military vehicle was passing by. Twenty-eight soldiers were injured in the attack.
Mehmet Tekinarslan, the governor for Agri province, said late yesterday`s blast on a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran was caused by a remote-controlled bomb. Most of the soldiers suffered mild burns and none of them was in life-threatening condition.
Rebels belonging to the Kurdistan Workers` Party, or PKK, have sabotaged the same pipeline in the past.
The group is fighting for self-rule in Turkey`s mostly Kurdish southeast. The fighting has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984.
Tekinarslan says security along the pipeline has been increased. It was not clear when gas flows would resume.