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Explosion shuts down Iraqi-Turkish oil pipeline, authorities suspect sabotage
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ¯¯¯ An official says an explosion and fire has shut down a pipeline that carries oil from Iraq to the Mediterranean.
An Energy Ministry official said no one was injured in the explosion and fire that occurred late Friday. The explosion hit a section of the pipeline near the southern town of Midyat and was quickly put out.
The official said Saturday the blast was most likely caused by sabotage.
Kurdish rebels, fighting for autonomy in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast, have bombed the pipeline before, cutting oil flows for days.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules, said authorities immediately began repairs but it was not clear when the oil flow to the Turkish port of Ceyhan from the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk would resume.