Yemeni forces have foiled an attempt to blow up a crude oil pipeline in the Marib province and arrested a number of "saboteurs", the official Yemeni news agency Saba said on Sunday.
"Interrogations are under way, but the initial results indicate that this group is linked to the terrorist bombing of the pipeline last year," Saba said, citing the head of security in the province.
In November, tribesmen blew up a pipeline that carries crude oil from the Marib oil basin to storage tanks at the Ras Issa terminal for export. No one was harmed in the bombing, which took place in a desert area in the eastern Marib province.
Yemen foiled two suicide attacks on oil and gas installations in 2006. Al Qaeda's wing in Yemen claimed responsibility for the foiled attacks and promised more strikes.
Yemen is a small producer of oil with output of around 330,000 barrels per day (bpd) and exports of about 200,000 bpd. It has one large oil refinery at Aden with a throughput capacity of about 100,000 bpd. (Reuters)
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