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Yemeni natural gas pipeline bombed

Aug. 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- There were no casualties reported in the bombing of a natural gas pipeline that ties into a terminal on the Gulf of Aden, a Yemeni energy company said.

Energy company Yemen LNG confirmed in a Tuesday statement that unnamed saboteurs caused an explosion on a 38-inch natural gas pipeline tied to a terminal on the Gulf of Aden, the country's only liquefied natural gas export facility.

The company said, in a statement, the explosion occurred just after midnight and there were "no victims."

The Yemeni Ministry of Oil worked in June to repair damage to an oil pipeline said to be the target of frequent insurgent attacks. The ministry said attacks on oil and natural gas infrastructure cost the country as much as $15 million per day in lost revenue.

A military committee had said it suspected military officials were involved in attacks on the pipeline during last year's uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Saleh was forced to step down in February. Fighters thought to be loyal to the former president stormed the building housing the Defense Ministry last week in Sanaa, leaving four people dead.

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