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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Blast hits gas pipeline in southwestern Pakistan

A major gas pipeline was blown up with explosives on Tuesday night in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan, causing low pressure in a gas plant that might result in suspension of supply to vast areas of the country.

The explosion occurred near the town of Sui after suspected militants planted explosives with the pipeline of 18 inches diameter (about 45.72 cm) taking gas to the Sui plant from the gas field, the newspaper DAWN said on Wednesday.

A large portion of the pipeline on the outskirts of Sui town was destroyed, causing a significant drop in the gas pressure needed to run the gas plant.

The plant has been closed temporarily as a precautionary measure, which will resume operation as soon as the required pressure is restored, DAWN quoted sources as reporting.

The region to which the gas supply has been affected stretched from Baluchistan to Sindh to Punjab to North West Frontier Province, the DAWN report said.

Source: Xinhua
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