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Reuters: Seven killed in gunfights in Nigerian oil delta

Seven people were killed during security patrols in Nigeria’s oil producing Niger Delta, prompting fears militants could strike back, police and security sources said on Thursday.

Five people, including two policemen, were killed in a shootout with criminal gangs on Wednesday in the Emohua district of the oil city of Port Harcourt, police said.

The officers were in the area to investigate fighting between rival gangs. In the second incident, troops killed two suspected militants and captured two more when their patrol boat ran into a militant speed boat on the Cawthorne Channel in Rivers state on Tuesday and engaged it in a gunfight. “Our patrol ran into some militants.

We killed two of them, captured two and also a large quantity of arms,” a military source said, asking not to be named. The people we got appear to be top in their hierarchy so we should get a lot of information from them. Militant and other security sources confirmed the information, and one said the militants had vowed to launch a reprisal attack on a naval base at the nearby Bonny Island oil and gas export hub. It was unclear which group the militants belonged to.

The Cawthorne Channel clash occurred close to a camp where the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) held two Italian oil workers hostage for three months until their release last month.

13.04.2007
 Port Harcourt

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