The Islamic State group (IS) was behind an attack on an oil pipeline in Syria that caused a nationwide blackout overnight, a US official said on Monday.
Earlier in the day, Syrian state media cited the nation’s energy minister as saying that the explosion on the Arab Gas Pipeline, between Adra and al-Dhamir, was the result of a “terrorist” attack.
But speaking from Geneva, US Syria envoy James Jeffrey said the incident appeared to bear the hallmarks of an IS attack.
“We are still looking into that. But it was almost certainly a strike by ISIS,” Jeffrey told reporters at the start of UN-sponsored talks of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, using a different name for IS.
Syrian state media published pictures of a night-time blaze it said was caused by the explosion, followed by images after dawn of a mangled land pipeline missing a large chunk.