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Armed Nigerian group confirms attack on Shell pipeline, warns of more sabotage

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Forbes: Armed Nigerian group confirms attack on Shell pipeline, warns of more sabotage

04.25.08, 6:33 AM ET

LAGOS (Thomson Financial) – The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main armed group in the south of Nigeria, confirmed on Friday it was responsible for the sabotage of a Royal Dutch Shell pipeline on Thursday, some four days after its initial attack on the oil major.

In a message to Agence France-Presse, MEND said it successfully attacked a pipeline run by Shell Petroleum Development (nasdaq: PETD – news – people ) Company on the Kula River in Rivers state on Thursday.

No official at Shell was available for comment on MEND’s latest claim on Friday.

MEND advised oil companies ‘not to waste their time’ repairing oil pipelines, warning it will continue to sabotage them.

On Monday, MEND had already claimed responsibility for the sabotage of two Shell pipelines at Isaka River and Abonnema River, also in Rivers state, as part of ‘Operation Cyclone’, which is aimed at destroying Nigeria’s oil export industry.

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