ADEN, Yemen- Unknown gunmen, on Saturday, blew up an oil pipeline in Yemen's south-eastern province of Shabwa, causing a huge explosion, a local security official said.

"An explosion targeted the pipeline, which connects the oil field in Oqla area, with Aydh district of Shabwa Province," the security source said, on condition of anonymity.

"Security troops were deployed in the area, and several fire-fighters went directly to the site, to deal with the fire," the source added.

The Shabwa government said, it suspects "sabotage elements" of "planting and detonating explosive devices," to destroy the pipeline.

No groups have so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but previous similar attacks in the region were claimed by al-Qaeda militants.

Shabwa boasts five sectors of crude oil production, which produce about 15,000 barrels per day.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch and the Daesh militants are active in the mountainous areas, in the provinces of Shabwa and Abyan, and carry out sporadic attacks against government forces.


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