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UpstreamOnline: ‘Two dead’ in Nigerian offshore clash

By Upstream staff

At least two people have been reported killed in a clash between Nigerian forces and suspected militants near a Shell field off the country’s Niger Delta.

The night-time incident apparently occurred when armed militants in speedboats ran into a Nigerian navy patrol assigned to protect the field.

The clash comes just hours after militants in the restive delta region freed six foreign oil workers seized in a raid on another offshore facility, the BBC reported.

Some accounts suggested the Nigerian military suffered casualties in the incident, but report remained sketchy, it said.

The incident is the latest in a spate of attacks after the main militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), said it would renew attacks on Nigeria’s foreign-run oil industry as a five-month ceasefire agreed by the rebels to allow peace talks started to unravel.

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31 October 2007 16:47 GMT  | last updated: 31 October 2007 16:47 GMT

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