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Explosions hit 3 gas pipelines in Iran, halt flow

Last Updated: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 18:09

Tehran: Iran`s semi-official Mehr
News Agency says three explosions have hit gas pipelines near
the country`s holy city of Qom, in the same area where
simultaneous blasts took place two months ago.

The lines carry gas from Iran`s gas refineries in the
south to the country`s northwest.

The report says today`s explosions cut the gas flow
through those lines but power plants switched to oil for
electricity production.

Mehr says an investigation is under way as to what
caused the blasts.

In February, officials said the blasts were not caused
by technical failures but did not say if they were acts of

Iran`s oil and gas sector has been hit by an
increasing number of attacks recently but authorities have
provided no explanation for them.


First Published: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 18:09

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