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BBC News: Attack on Nigerian leader’s house

Mr Jonathan, Nigerian Vice-President elect

(Mr Jonathan will become vice-president in two weeks time)

16 May 2007

Militants have attacked the country residence of the Vice-President-elect Goodluck Jonathan, in the oil-rich Niger Delta in a dawn speedboat attack.

Police says the house in Bayelsa State, where Mr Jonathan is currently governor, was partially destroyed.

The attackers also blew up a nearby police station. Two policemen died in the raid.

No group has claimed responsibility so far for the attack. Mr Jonathan was not in the house at the time, say sources.

“We know they are from one of the militant groups operating in the Niger Delta but we don’t know from which group. We lost two officers in the attack,” said Nigeria’s national police spokesman Haz Iwendi.

Crisis

The men arrived in two speedboats at about 0200 local time in Otueke village in the Ogbia area in the south of the state, he said.

“The parents of the vice president-elect, who were in the house, were saved by our men and the house has been partially destroyed.”

Mr Jonathan and President-elect Umaru Yar’Adua – both Nigeria’s governing party candidates – won by a landslide in the 21 April elections.

The opposition has described the polls as “flawed”, demanding a re-run.

The vote was also criticised by international observers.

There was a similar attack on Mr Jonathan’s official residence by unidentified militants on the eve of last month’s presidential election.

Police say they have not established any link between the two incidents.

It is not clear why the militants attacked, but analysts say they are trying to remind the incoming president Umar Yar’Adua that the crisis in the region is far from over.
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6660655.stm

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