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Gas pipeline in Yemen damaged in attack

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Yemen is battling al Qaeda militants
  • Security has been increased along the pipeline
  • Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has taken credit for numerous terrorist attacks

(CNN) -- A pipeline in Yemen carrying liquefied natural gas received minor damage after it was attacked, a statement from Yemen LNG Company said Tuesday.

"Yemen LNG pipeline has been subject to an attempt of sabotage in Shabwah, causing minor damages to the pipeline which will be repaired rapidly," the statement said of Monday's attack in the country's south. "There were no injuries and the pipeline remains in operation and LNG production continues uninterrupted."

The company says emergency procedures have been put in place and security along the pipeline has been reinforced with Yemeni government forces.

The Yemeni government has been fighting a growing al Qaeda element in Yemen called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

It grabbed the attention of the West with the Christmas Day 2009 attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines trans-Atlantic flight as it landed in Detroit, Michigan.

The suspect, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, who has pleaded not guilty to six federal terrorism charges, was reportedly trained and armed in Yemen.

Since its inception in January 2009, AQAP has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks against Saudi, Korean, Yemeni and U.S. targets.

 
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