Gas pipeline explodes in southwestern Iran

By Ahmet Dursun

ANKARA (AA) – A natural gas pipeline exploded in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province on Tuesday, according to an Iranian official.

The incident took place in Bagh-e Malek city, leading to evacuation of nearby residential areas, Kiamars Hajizadeh, director general of disaster management department in Khuzestan, said.

He said the explosion was caused by a gas leak.

According to Hajizadeh, an investigation has been launched into the incident.

At least 25 people were killed and scores injured in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz last month.