A bomb attack has been carried on a Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas pipeline on Monday evening in the Sarikamis district of Turkey's southeastern Kars Province.
A group of 20 militants targeted the pipeline in attacks launched from two different points.
The Governor of Kars Province, Gunay Ozdemir, said that the attack was carried out by the PKK terrorist group. The PKK is known to launch many attacks in the region, targeting pipelines in the area.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US and EU.
On Aug. 4, an explosion also was conducted by PKK terrorists on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline in Kars.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, also known as the South Caucasus Pipeline, carries 6.6 billion cubic meters of gas into Turkey every year.
In a previous incident, PKK terrorists attacked the Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline in Turkey’s eastern province of Agri on July 27.
An estimated 10 billion cubic meters of gas is delivered from Iran to Turkey annually through a pipeline. The gas flow between Iran and Turkey was cut-off for five days after the attack.
On July 29, the group attacked the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline that connects Turkey and northern Iraq in the southeastern Sirnak Province.
Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has condemned the PKK attack in Sirnak Province near the Iraqi border.
Although the PKK took responsibility for the attack, the PKK's armed wing People's Defense Force (HPG) later released an incompatible statement disowning the attack.
The Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline is part of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline which has a 1.6 million barrel capacity per day.
The KCK - the umbrealla organization of the PKK, which has been fighting the Turkish state since 1984 and has been responsible for a number of attacks in Turkey’s southeast after the group declared the end of a two-year ceasefire on July 11.
Considering growing domestic threats by the outlawed PKK on crucial energy sources, Turkey has taken number of precautionary measures to safeguard the energy supply.
The new security measures include deployment of thermal cameras and horse-back patrols around the key oil and gas pipelines.