ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Attackers of a powerful tribe blew up a major oil pipeline in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout early on Saturday, halting the flow of oil, a government official told Xinhua.
"Armed tribesmen attacked with roadside bombs the pipeline linking Massila oil field in Hadramout to the port of Mukalla on the Gulf of Aden. The sabotage blast halted crude flows," the local government official said on condition of anonymity.
Another military source confirmed the attack, saying: "The blast struck the main pipeline that conveys crude oil, prompting authorities to halt the oil pumping."
"The oil pipeline burst into flames immediately after the huge explosion that rocked the ground," a local resident told Xinhua anonymously.
Officials working for state-run Safer oil company told Xinhua that repair work will be completed within the next 24 hours if no security issue arises.
Yemen has seen frequent attacks by al-Qaida militants and armed tribesmen on oil pipelines as well as the country's main electricity grid.
Yemen's oil production rapidly declined from 400,000 barrels per day at the beginning of the last decade to the current 270,000 barrels per day.
The country's transitional government, which depends on oil exports for up to 70 percent of its budget, has bolstered security measures to protect the pipelines and prevent future attacks.
Armed tribesmen storm Oil Ministry building in SE Yemen, killing 4 soldiers
ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- At least four Yemeni army soldiers were killed Thursday when armed tribesmen stormed an Oil Ministry office in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout, a military official told Xinhua.
The attack took place in the afternoon when tribal gunmen broke into the two-story building of the Oil Ministry in Hadramout after a short gun-battle that left four army soldiers killed, the local military official said on condition of anonymity. Full story