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Niger Delta Avengers Blow Up NNPC Pipeline

A fighter of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), poses with a heavy machine-gun at the militia's creek camp in the Niger Delta on September 17, 2008. Armed Nigerian militants who have declared an "oil war" on September 14, in response to what it said was an unprovoked attack by the army, claimed to have blown up a major pipeline in their latest attack on oil installations in the region. MEND, the most prominent of the groups operating in the creeks and swamps of the Niger Delta, said it blew up a pipeline it believes is operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Italy's Agip. The rebels moved in with speed boats, dynamite and hand grenades in their attack on the Orubiri flow station, the army said. MEND says it is fighting for local people to get a greater share of the huge oil revenues. Since MEND took up arms in early 2006, Nigeria's oil output has been cut by at least one quarter due to kidnappings and sabotage in the Delta. Hurricane Barbarossa is the code name MEND has given to its new offensive against foreign majors. "I derive satisfaction in destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta", said Boy Loaf, leader of the militants. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Barely 24 hours after the Niger Delta Avengers blew up Chevron’s Escravos pipeline, the militants say that they have blown up a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The group said in its Twitter feed on Friday that it blew up the NNPC gas and crude trunk line close to Warri in Delta State, Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, Mr Eric Omare, said that another crude pipeline was attacked on Thursday night near Batan Oil field in Warri.

He added that there were two simultaneous attacks on the PPMC and NNPC pipelines.

The NNPC is yet to confirm this incident.

The attack is coming as the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said that government needs to improve its amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta to address neglect by the government and international oil companies.



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