Sunday, February 1, 2015

Militants blow up gas pipeline in Balochistan

Syed Ali Shah 
This representative image shows fire erupting off a gas pipeline after a militant attack. 

QUETTA: Militants on Sunday blew up a 24-inch gas pipeline in Balochistan's resources-rich Dera Bugti district.

Militants had planted improvised explosive device (IED) close to gas pipeline in Landola area of the district, Levies sources told Dawn, adding that the explosives went off with a big bang.

Gas supply to adjoining villages was disrupted due to damage caused by the powerful blast that rocked the entire area, Levies said.

Read: Gas pipeline blown up in Balochistan's Jaffarabad district

Levies and Frontier Corps personnel were quick at the scene and fire fighters were also called to extinguish roaring flames of fire.

However, it was learnt that the technical staff of the gas company was facing problems in terms of immediate repair of the destroyed portion owing to uncertain law and order situation in the area.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Read: Miscreants blow up gas pipelines in two Balochistan districts

The incident has come days after militants blew up two 220kv transmission lines in Balochistan's Notal area, which had caused suspension of power supply to 29 districts of the province.

Sabotage of gas pipelines is a characteristic tactic of tribal militants which is frequently witnessed in Balochistan. However, the province also suffers from attacks carried out by Taliban militants.

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