BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 P.M.) – At some point during the night on either late Friday afternoon or very early Saturday morning, an Iranian Salafist jihadist militant group blew up an oil pipeline in the country’s west, causing what appear to be major damage.
The attack was carried out by the Ahwaz Martyrs Brigade of Ansar al-Furqan, an Iran-based terrorist group with links to the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda (currently called Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra and Jahbat Fateh al-Sham), in Khuzestan province.
The attack targeted, and appears to done major damage to, an oil pipeline in Khuzestan’s Omidiyeh region near the city of Ahwaz.
The militants responsible for the attack documented their deed on camera and have, in recent hours, released it over social media.
Ansar al-Furqan was established in 2013, being comprised of Balochi Salafist militants hostile to the Iranian government.
According to the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, the group has links to the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, bring it well within the designation of a terrorist group.