Unidentified gunmen blew up an oil pipeline in Yemen
Unidentified gunmen blew up an oil pipeline in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa on Tuesday, leading to a huge explosion, a security official told media.
“A group of unidentified gunmen used explosive devices and blew up a crude oil pipeline in Radhum district of Shabwa Province,” the security source stated on condition of anonymity.
The focused pipeline transports crude oil from the field of Uqla to Ayadh sector in Jardan district, and then to Alnushima area near an oil port on the coast of the Arabian Sea, he added.
An authorized 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.
Tardy last year, oil production and export were resumed in Shabwa, following years of unrest that forced oil companies in the province to quit their operations.
No groups possess so far claimed responsibility for the blast, however, earlier comparable attacks in the region were claimed by al-Qaida militants.
Shabwa boasts five companies of crude oil production, which produce about 15,000 barrels per day.
The Yemen-based al-Qaida branch and the Islamic State militants are energetic in the mountainous areas in the provinces of Shabwa and neighboring Abyan, performing sporadic attacks against government forces.