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Rebel group claims responsibility for Nigerian refinery explosion

24 October 2013

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the explosion that rocked the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) in Delta State, Nigeria, on October 22. A statement from the group said the intention had been to burn down the entire refining facility.

The statement read: “MEND takes responsibility for the sabotage this morning, Tuesday, October 22, 2013. As long as President Goodluck Jonathan continues to rely on an unsustainable and fraudulent Niger Delta amnesty programme, peace and security will continue to elude his government in the region.”

The management of NNPC confirmed that there was a minor fire in the Topping Unit of the WRPC and said the cause of the fire was being investigated. They added that the fire was promptly brought under control through the combined efforts of the fire department and other staff members of the refinery.

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