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Turkey Bombing Shuts Down Iran Gas Pipeline; 28 Soldiers Wounded

October 19, 2012

Kurdish militants bombed and shut down a gas pipeline from Iran in eastern Turkey as a military patrol passed by, the Energy Ministry said.

The blast, the second attack on the Iranian pipeline in Agri province within two weeks, wounded 28 soldiers late yesterday, the Anatolia news agency said. Militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in Turkey’s southeast detonated the remote-controlled device when the military vehicle passed by near the town of Eleskirt, the state-run agency said, citing provincial Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan.

Turkey has increased patrols along the pipeline after it was bombed near the town of Dogubayazit on Oct. 8, Anatolia said.

The latest attack followed the killing of 15 PKK militants by Turkish troops near the Iraqi border over the past two days. Three soldiers were also killed in the clashes after PKK fighters raided two army outposts along the Iraqi border.

The PKK has been fighting for autonomy in the Kurdish- dominated region since 1984. The conflict has claimed 40,000 lives.

To contact the reporter on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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