Iran gas flow on pipeline to Turkey halted after blast-officials

ANKARA, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The gas flow on a pipelinecarrying Iranian natural gas to Turkey was halted due to anexplosion in eastern Turkey in the early hours of Monday,Turkish energy officials said.

The blast occurred in the area of Dogubayazit, a town in Agriprovince in eastern Turkey, the officials said, on condition ofanonymity. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast,and when the gas flow will resume, they said.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun, Writing by Seda Sezer)

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