The latest in a string of pipeline explosions has been claimed as a bomb attack by the Brigade of the Martyr Ali Al-Matouri in the early hours of 15 October.
The group blew up a gas pipeline in the Khalafiya area. It follows another gas pipeline explosion near Falahiyeh (Shadegan) on 24 September, which was claimed by the Brigade of the Martyr Mohieldain al-Naser. Both units are associated with the armed wing of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz (ASMLA). The Brigade of the Martyr Ali Al-Matouri derives its name from an Ahwazi Arab dissident who was executed in December 2006.
ASMLA said the latest attack was carried out using an improvised explosive device and was timed to coincide with negotiations between Iran and world powers in Geneva. The group said that Arabs, Balochis and Kurds were escalating their resistance campaign and said that "ignoring us in the regional equation in the political negotiation represents a strategic blunder."
ASMLA reaffirmed its objective of "full Arab sovereignty and the declaration of the Ahwazi Arab nation's freedom and independence".