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NIGERIA/OIL MILITANTSBack
[Published: Sunday September 14 2008]

Militants blow up Nigerian Oilstation

Abuja, 15 Sept-(ANA)- Militantsin Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region say they have destroyed an oilinstallation a day after declaring twar" with the military.

A flow station belonging toShell in Alakiri, in Rivers State, was attacked inthe early hours of the morning, a military spokesman confirmed.

The Movement for theEmancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said they killed several soldiers andworkers inside.

But the military said theyhad suffered no casualties.

In an e-mail tojournalists, Mend said they would not be taking hostages in their new campaign.

"The foolhardy workersand soldiers who did not head our warning perished inside the station,"Mend spokesman Jomo Gbomo said.

Military spokesman Lt ColSagir Musa said that was "disinformation".

"There was no casualtyon the military side, the situation is being closely monitored and is undercontrol," he said.

Mend's violent campaign fora bigger part of the area's oil wealth has cut Nigeria's oil output by more than20%.

The Niger Delta region isthe source of most of the Nigerian government's income, yet it remains blightedby poverty and corruption.(ANA)

FA/ANA/15 September 2008---


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