Nigerian militants claim attack on oil pipeline

November 23, 2010

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LAGOS, Nigeria—A militant group claims to have attacked an oil pipeline in Nigeria that transports crude to the Warri oil refinery in the restive delta.

A statement sent Tuesday by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says the group destroyed the Obidi-Refinery pipeline on Sunday. The group also threatened to carry out more attacks in coming days to bring attention to the "underlying causes of agitation in the Niger Delta."

Militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta have attacked pipelines, kidnapped petroleum company employees and fought government troops since 2006. The militants say they want more oil money to come to an area still gripped by abject poverty and pollution after more than 50 years of oil production.

The state oil company said Monday that militants attacked its Warri-Lagos Escravos pipeline Saturday.