Unknown gunmen blew up an oil pipeline in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa on Tuesday, causing a large explosion, a security official told Xinhua.
“A group of unknown gunmen used explosive devices and blew up a crude oil pipeline in Radhum district of Shabwa Province,” the security source said on condition of anonymity.
The targeted pipeline transports crude oil from the field of Uqla to Ayadh sector in Jardan district, and then to Alnushima area close to an oil port on the coast of the Arabian Sea, he added.
An official source from Yemen’s Oil Ministry said around 15,000 to 17,000 barrels of oil were daily exported through the sabotaged pipeline from oil fields in the government-controlled Shabwa.
Late last year, oil production and export were resumed in Shabwa, following years of unrest that forced oil companies in the province to stop their operations.
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