Thursday, July 9, 2009

Nigerian militants blow up Shell and Agip pipelines

On Wednesday, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta  (MEND) announced they blew up pipelines operated by Shell and Italian group Agip. These fresh attacks come as a response to the Nigerian government amnesty offer. The militants released this statement:

"The Agip pipeline which connects the Agip Brass terminal was sabotaged at Nembe creek, while the Shell Nembe creek line was done at Asawo village, all in Bayelsa state."

Colonel Rabe Abubakar from the Nigerian military countered the claim by releasing his statement:

"It is out of context, MEND's assertion that it has blown up a pipeline in the area, it is yet another gimmick to claim cheap glory and also to continually portray the region as volatile".

The Age

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