Incident Summary:

10/19/2012: An explosive device, attached to the Dogubayazit-Van natural gas pipeline, detonated in Eleskirt town, Agri province, Turkey. The pipeline was severely damaged in the blast. Additionally, a passing Turkish military vehicle was struck; 28 soldiers were injured. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities attributed it to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Gas Pipeline
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 28 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 28
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gas flow from Iran to Turkey disrupted after new blast: report," Agence France Presse -- English, October 21, 2012.
"Botas asks Iran to participate in pipeline repair," Trend Oil & Gas - Azerbaijan, October 22, 2012.
"Blast disrupts Iranian gas exports to Turkey; Azerbaijan, Russia boost flows in response," IHS Global Insight Daily Analysis, October 22, 2012.