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Nigerian Militants Attack Shell Oil Pipeline

February 8, 2010

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LAGOS — Nigerian militants calling themselves the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) said Sunday they had attacked a major Shell oil pipeline in the volatile Niger Delta, in a statement obtained by AFP.

The group said the overnight attack “successfully disabled the trunk line belonging to Shell in the swamp of Obunoma” in the oil-rich Rivers State.

Shell was unable immediately to confirm the attack.

The JRC said it was “reinvigorated as a result of series of consultations with patriotic groups in our territory.”

The main militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) announced last week it was calling off a three-month-old truce with the government.

A key demand of the militants is that local communities benefit from the region’s oil wealth.


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Oil is Nigeria’s economic mainstay, raking in some 95 percent of export earnings and accounting for about 85 percent of budget requirements for the OPEC member country.

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