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Iran security thwart pipeline bomb attack by Ahwazi insurgents

The Iranian army today defused a bomb placed on the Abadan-Mahshahr oil pipeline, according to local reports.

The police claim they arrived at 16:45 local time and the army defused the bomb at 18:00. There were no reported casualties or damage. The bomb was allegedly placed near the Khordoragh pump station, which receives petroleum from Abadan Refinery through a set of 26" pipeline and moves it to Mahshahr for export or other usage.

The region has seen six successful bomb attacks on oil and gas installations this year. The most recent occurred three days ago when a gas pipeline between Fallahiyeh and Rasalmina (Sarbandar), which is believed to supply a petrochemicals complex, was blown up.

The official media refuse to report pipeline attacks. An attack on a pipeline in October 2012 was dismissed as a technical fault, but the regime has since sentenced two men to death and one man for 25 years on charges of blowing up the pipeline and a railway. Although the Iranian regime has