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Dow Jones Newswires: Royal Dutch Shell: Convoy Attacked In S Nigerian Delta

Monday October 2nd, 2006 / 22h33 
 
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP)–A convoy of workers for Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) was attacked while being accompanied by a military escort in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta, Bisi Ojediran, a company spokesman in Lagos, said Monday.

Ojediran said he could not confirm any casualties. Oil company convoys usually travel with a military escort in the dangerous delta region.

It was not immediately clear if the Shell convoy was attacked in the same incident as one in which dozens of militants sank two military patrol boats, killing five soldiers. The incident, which occurred in the same area, also left nine others missing, an army spokesman said.

Army spokesman Maj. Sagir Musa said 15 soldiers were on a routine boat patrol in a delta outlet in Nigeria’s Rivers state when 70 militants attacked, sinking two military boats. One of the soldiers managed to escape and raise the alarm, he said.

Militant attacks and kidnappings have cut oil production in Africa’s largest crude producer by over a quarter so far this year.

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