Monday, November 22, 2010

Nigeria state-owned oil company says militants blew up pipeline despite military crackdown

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's state-run oil firm says militants have blown up one of its pipelines.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company said in a Monday statement that militants attacked its Warri-Lagos Escravos pipeline on Saturday.

Company spokesman Levi Ajonuma said the company was repairing the pipeline and that no group claimed responsibility for the act, which came a day after the military arrested over 60 militants in the oil-rich delta.

Militants in the restive region have attacked pipelines, kidnapped petroleum company employees and fought government troops since 2006. Some 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.

Nigeria is one of the top crude oil suppliers to the U.S.

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