Turkish energy ministry: PKK militants carried out bomb attack on pipeline to Ceyhan

The pipeline was halted

Baku. 27 February. REPORT.AZ/ Turkey has begun work to repair a pipeline taking crude oil from northern Iraq to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan and aims to restore flows in the shortest possible time, the Turkish energy ministry said, Report informs citing Reuters.

It said the pipeline was halted on Feb. 17 due to temporary security measures. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants carried out a bomb attack on the pipeline in the Idil district of Sirnak province on Feb. 25, but a fire was avoided as the crude flow had already been halted, the ministry said.

Turkish security forces had detonated explosives set at several points along the pipeline, it added.

"Work has been launched to repair rapidly the damage caused on the pipeline and the necessary measures have been taken for the line's security. It is envisaged that supplies will begin again in the shortest time," it said in a statement.

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