Nigeria: militants attack Shell pipeline

Three attacks were made on Royal Dutch Shell oil facilities in a remote area of Nigeria’s Niger Delta June 21. A company spokesman refused to speculate on who was behind the attacks, but the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it had attacked an offshore facility earlier that day and that “the structure is…engulfed in fire.” MEND claimed June 19 that it destroyed a pipeline owned by the Italian gas company Agip, and earlier in the week claimed to have destroyed Shell’s main trunk line in Bayelsa state as well as a Chevron oil installation in the Delta region. Shell confirmed an attack on that pipeline. Chevron, which halted its onshore operations in the region last month, said it was investigating. Last month, MEND declared an “all-out war” on the government after what it said was a deadly bombing raid on civilians. (CNN, June 21)

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