A suspected terrorist attack on a gas pipeline in Syria caused a nationwide blackout on Monday — an incident the United States believes was carried out by the Islamic State.
The explosion took place on the Arab Gas Pipeline after midnight between the towns of Dumair and Adra, northwest of the capital, Damascus, according to the country's electricity minister.
Syria's oil minister, Ali Ghanim, said the blast struck gas lines that feed three power stations in southern Syria, causing massive power outages. He believes the incident "was the result of a terrorist attack."
In Geneva, the U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, told reporters that although they are still looking into the explosion, "it was almost certainly a strike by ISIS."
According to Syrian officials, Monday's blast was the sixth time the pipeline had been hit. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The electricity manager reported that power was gradually being restored to the country's provinces.