Suspected al-Qaeda militants blow up oil pipeline in Yemen
Suspected al-Qaeda members on Tuesday blew up an oil pipeline operated by a South Korean firm in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa, local security officials said.
The attack occurred as security forces launched an operation in Shabwa and neighbouring Marib province to find the al-Qaeda bomb-maker Ibrahim al-Asiri, dpa reported.
Security officials said a timed explosive device was used to blow up the pipeline which is operated by South Korean oil firm KNOC.
A witness said the explosion caused a fire sending a thick plume of smoke over the site.
The officials said the explosive device went off in a desert area around 25 kilometres east of Ataq city, the provincial capital of Shabwa.
"They dug under the pipeline with a bulldozer because the pipeline is buried beneath the surface," one security official said in a telephone interview from Ataq.
Technical teams were dispatched to the scene to fix the pipeline, the officials said.
The pipeline carries crude oil to an export terminal on the Arabian Sea