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    Iranian gas supplies to Turkey resume after blast

    Hurriyet English with wires
    31.05.2008 - 15:59 | Son Güncelleme:

    Iran said Saturday it has resumed supplying natural gas to Turkey five days after an explosion damaged a pipeline between the two countries, the AFP quoted Iranian state media. The man who blew up the gas pipeline was killed in a firefight with Iranian forces, it added.

    "After Turkey announced it has finished repairing the pipeline, the export of 15 to 20 million cubic meters (525 to 700 cubic feet) of gas daily has resumed," Iranian National Gas official Hassan Torbati was quoted as saying by the state television news website.  

    Monday's early morning blast, the cause of which remains unknown, occurred 13 kilometers (eight miles) from the Iranian border in the eastern province of Agri, Turkey's state-run BOTAS gas company said in a statement.

    Turkey has bought Iranian gas via the pipeline from the northwestern city of Tabriz to Ankara since December 2001 in a deal that raised eyebrows in the United States.

    Before Monday's explosion Iran supplied Turkey with 29 million cubic meters of gas a day.

    A Revolutionary Guards commander in northwestern Iran was quoted by Fars news agency on Saturday as saying that the man who blew up the gas pipeline was killed in a firefight with Iranian forces several days ago.

    "In recent days we inflicted heavy losses on bandits in the area and in one fight we killed a group of seven, among them the notorious bandit behind the attack on the Iranian-Turkish gas pipeline," Mohammad Taghi Osanlou told the AFP.

    He identified the man as Hatm Bakhlan Lou, nicknamed "Bald Hatm," but did not elaborate.

    Nine outlawed separatists, including five women, were killed in clashes with police in Western Azerbaijan province in northwestern Iran bordering Turkey and Iraq, the AP quoted a report, published a week ago, by the conservative Jomhouri Eslami newspaper.

    It said the outlawed separatists belonged to the PEJAK, the PKK’s breakaway faction in Iran.

    Turkey and Iran have been long fighting against the terrorist movements operated by both the outlawed PEJAK and PKK separatists which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and most of the international community, including the EU and the U.S.

     

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