An oil pipeline at Makum in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district was on damaged in an explosion for which ULFA claimed responsibility.

The explosion in the pipeline of the IOC-Assam Oil Division (AOD) created a 4-foot crater in Pachim Mamarani area, AOD sources said, adding there was no report of any casualty.

The explosion led to a minor fire.

The pipeline carries finished refined petrol, diesel and furnace oil to AOD’s terminal at Tinsukia for retail distribution.

Meanwhile, the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), in an email to PTI, claimed responsibility for the blast.

The Paresh Baruah-led faction’s publicity wing member Aranya Asom said magnetic programmable time device was used to blow up the oil pipeline.

Police, however, said the hand of the proscribed ULFA in the explosion could not be confirmed immediately.