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Failed attack on gas pipeline

31 July 2011

A section of the trans-Mediterranean gas pipeline has been attacked by saboteurs in Tunisia, but flows remain uninterrupted, according to the Tunisian Interior Ministry.

The blast on the pipeline, which carries 33 billion cfd of gas from Algeria to Italy, happened in Zaghouan, south of Tunis.

Attackers detonated the explosives remotely but they were not immediately known, reports said.

“This act of sabotage ... did not cause any significant human or material damage,” a ministry source said. “The pipeline is functioning as normal and we have not been notified of any incident.”

Italian oil company Eni, which operates the pipeline, also confirmed the normal operation flows.

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