MILITANTS CLAIM AGIP OIL FACILITY ATTACK

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A Niger delta militant group on Friday claimed a fresh attack on a pipeline operated by the Nigerian subsidiary of Italy’s Eni in the restive oil-producing south. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) said on its Twitter account: “3:00 am (0200 GMT) of Friday @NDAvengers blow up the Obi Brass trunk line belonging to Agip Eni.”

“It is Agip’s major crude oil line in Bayelsa State,” it said, without giving details. There was no immediate confirmation of the attack from Eni. On Thursday, militants also bombed a pipeline operated by the state-run oil firm the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Ogidigben in Delta state.

Industry sources said the attack happened at 7:40 pm along the Chanomi creek. No group has claimed responsibility. The NDA has been attacking facilities operated by Nigerian subsidiaries of Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell, US firm Chevron, Eni and the NNPC since the start of the year.

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