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Nigerian militants say they attacked Shell pipeline

Latest update : 2008-09-20

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it had attacked a pipeline belonging to Royal Dutch Shell, at Buguma Front in the Rivers state. They said they would continue attacks until "oil exports reach zero."

LAGOS - The main militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta said on Saturday it had destroyed a major oil pipeline belonging to Royal Dutch Shell, the latest strike in its campaign against the industry.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it had attacked the pipeline at Buguma Front in Rivers state late on Friday. It was not immediately possible to confirm the attack.

"MEND will continue to nibble every day at the oil infrastructure in Nigeria until the oil exports reach zero," the group said in an e-mailed statement.

MEND has launched repeated attacks on pipelines, flow stations and oil facilities in the world's eighth biggest oil exporter over the past week. Shell has warned the upsurge in violence is likely to weigh on its earnings.
 

Date created : 2008-09-20

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