Sanaa: Yemen`s main oil export pipeline was
blown up Friday in the Wadi Obeida region, east of Sanaa, a local tribal chief said, ruling out an attack by al Qaeda.
"The pipeline was sabotaged at around 5 pm (1400 GMT) and the explosion hold the line and sparked a fire," said Sheikh Mohsen Mabkut bin Mayili, a tribal head in Marib province.
He said the attack was probably the work of tribesmen
seeking concessions from the government, not al Qaeda. It was
the sixth act of sabotage this year on the pipeline to Ras Issa terminal on the Red Sea, he said.
Some 125,000 barrels a day normally flow through the
line, accounting for the bulk of Yemen`s oil exports.