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Nigerian militants attack Shell oil flow station

Nigerian militants attack Shell oil flow station

Monday, September 15, 2008; 2:20 AM

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigerian militants attacked a Royal Dutch Shell oil flow station on Monday in a third day of heavy fighting with security forces in the Niger Delta region, the military said.

Nigeria’s most prominent militant group declared an “oil war” on Sunday and warned all oil workers to evacuate the delta immediately, threatening to further disrupt production in the world’s eighth largest oil exporter.

Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, a spokesman for the military in Rivers state, said the flow station was on fire after the attack.

“Militants in about 10 speedboats attacked a Shell location at Alakiri,” said Musa. “The attack lasted over an hour. Dynamite and bombs were massively detonated by the miscreants.”

Musa said the militants incurred heavy losses in the fighting and that no soldiers were killed. It was not immediately possible to independently verify his comments.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta launched a campaign of violence in early 2006, shutting a fifth of the OPEC member’s oil output.

(Reporting by Austin Ekeinde; Writing by Randy Fabi)

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