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India Shuts Refinery in Northeast After Blast

Separatist rebels blew up a large gasoline storage tank and bombed a gas pipeline in India’s oil-rich Assam state on Saturday, the group said. The guerrillas blew up the tank at the Digboi refinery, India’s oldest which is operated by state-controlled Indian Oil Corp’s (IOC), located 500 km (310 miles) east of Guwahati, Assam’s main city. “Operations at the refinery have been suspended but we hope to (re)start once the fire is put out,” a senior IOC official told Reuters. The storage tank had a capacity of five million liters. Another blast ripped through part of a natural-gas pipeline near a gas-collection center at Duliajan, near the refinery. The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) claimed responsibility for the attacks and threatened to carry out similar strikes in the future. Full Story

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