State news agency reports oil minister as saying blast that disrupted power across country could be a terrorist act
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Syria’s electricity minister has said a total blackout has occurred after a blast on the Arab gas pipeline. Composite: The Guardian Design Team
A possible attack on a pipeline in Syria caused a nationwide blackout overnight, the state news agency quoted ministers as saying Monday.
According to news agency SANA, the electricity minister said an explosion on a pipeline in the Damascus area on Sunday night “led to an electricity blackout across Syria”.
Some power stations were eventually reconnected and power provided to vital infrastructure, he said, adding that by dawn electricity was gradually returning to several provinces.
The news agency published pictures of a nighttime blaze it said was caused by the pipeline explosion.
The oil minister said the blast on the main pipeline supplying southern Syria “may have been caused by a terrorist act” but he provided no further details.