Explosion in Turkey shuts down key Iraq oil pipeline

Explosion in Turkey shuts down key Iraq oil pipeline
A key Iraq-Turkey pipeline was shut down due to an explosion in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday. The cause of the blast is under investigation.
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Turkey is investigating whether the blast in the south of the country was caused by sabotage [source: Getty]

An explosion shut down a pipeline in southeastern Turkey that carries oil from Iraq to world markets, officials and news reports said.

The blast late Tuesday near the town of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras province caused a huge fire that forced authorities to also shut down a highway, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. No one was hurt in the explosion.

Turkey has reopened the key crude pipeline, according to Bloomberg Wednesday

The pipeline carries oil from the Kirkuk oil fields in northern Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation.

Kurdish rebels who have led an armed insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, have in the past bombed pipelines in the region, including the Kirkuk-to-Ceyhan pipeline.