Explosion, fire hits major gas pipeline in Iran

Iran says an explosion and fire affecting a main gas pipeline in the country’s west is being managed, with some reports describing the incident as a terrorist act, but others calling it an accident.

No casualties are reported after the blast, which occurred at around 1:50 a.m. local time near the city of Borujen in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province.

A report carried by the state-run ISNA news outlet quotes an official managing the pipeline saying that the supply of gas to most of the country is unaffected, though gas was cut to areas near the explosion.

Saeed Aghli, the manager of Iran’s gas network control center, tells Iranian state television that a “sabotage and terrorist” action caused explosions along several areas of the line.

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