Syria says "terrorists" blow up gas pipeline

BEIRUT Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:24am EST

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BEIRUT Jan 30 (Reuters) - Syria's state news agency said on Monday that a "terrorist group" blew up a gas pipeline running between the centre of the country and its coast.

The pro-government Addounia TV station also reported the attack and said the blast, which occurred near Telkalakh, close to the Lebanese border, caused a leak of about 460,000 cubic metres of gas.

Syria has faced gas shortages as pipelines come under attack while President Bashar al-Assad's forces try to crush protests and an armed insurgency aimed at toppling him. (Writing by Joseph Logan)