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Attack on Nigeria oil flow station

Author : Amy Hollamby

04 March 2010

Planted explosives damaged a Royal Dutch Shell PLC oil flow station in the Niger Delta but the station was not in use and was unmanned at the time of the explosion, so there were no injuries. The incident in the troubled Niger Delta marks the latest attack in a region supposedly brought under control by a government amnesty programme. This attack is believed to signal the resumption of fresh and final hostilities in the Niger Delta and beyond.

Militant group, The People's Patriotic Revolutionary Force of the Joint Revolutionary Council, claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place on the 2nd March on the Kokori oil flow station, operated by a Shell subsidiary in Nigeria.The militant group warned all foreign oil companies to leave the oil-rich Delta immediately or face further violence.Militants in the 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. Attacks in the Niger Delta have affected world oil prices in the past.

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