QUETTA: Miscreants blew up an eight-inch diameter gas pipeline in the Loti gas field area of Dera Bugti. According to a Balochistan Levies official, miscreants planted an explosive device to the gas pipeline, which was destroyed in the resulting explosion. As a result, gas supply from well No 9 and 12 to the purification plant were suspended. A heavy contingent of security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area. Repair to damaged pipeline was started soon after the incident. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2012.