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Shell reports attack on Nigeria oil flow station

Associated Press, 03.03.10, 07:47 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says unknown gunmen have attacked an oil flow station in the restive Niger Delta.

Tony Okonedo, a spokesman for the company said Wednesday that explosives planted at the Kokori flow station in the western half of the Delta detonated, damaging the unused station. Okonedo said no employees were in the area at the time of the detonation on Tuesday.

A previously unknown group later issued a statement to Nigerian newspapers claiming responsibility for the attack.

Militants in the Niger Delta have attacked pipelines, kidnapped petroleum company employees and fought government troops since January 2006. They demand that the federal government send more oil-industry funds to Nigeria’s southern region, which remains poor despite five decades of oil production.

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