After a Sudanese oil pipeline exploded in the border-disputed area of Abyei, Sudan's army blamed South Sudanese-backed rebels for the incident, according to the Agence France-Presse. Army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said the group responsible for the explosion was offered support from South Sudan's army to help blow up the pipeline.
The explosion occurred the same week the Sudan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining announced it would begin blocking exports of South Sudanese crude within 60 days, the source reported. As a result, tensions between the two nations have resurfaced.
One Abyei resident living near the scene of the incident said the explosion happened soon after oil was released from the pipeline and set on fire. According to the Agence France-Presse, the pipe that exploded transports domestic Sudanese crude and is not part of the country's main export line. The area where the explosion occurred is being fought over by both Sudan and South Sudan. As a result, Abyei is controlled by the United Nations' peacekeeping force because there are no officials from either country overseeing the area.