March 19th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

Rebels claim pipeline attack in Nigeria

Rebels in oil-rich Nigeria say they have set off an explosion at a pipeline in the southern part of the country.

The Joint Revolutionary Council, a little-known rebel group in the Niger Delta, said its members "attacked and exploded" part of a pipeline in Buguma, Nigeria.

Shell said it is aware of the claim but could not immediately confirm that an explosion had taken place.

However, a spokesman for the Nigerian military, Timothy Antigha, said, "There was an act of sabotage on a Shell pipeline." He said it caused no injuries or deaths.

The Joint Revolutionary Council and a better-known rebel group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, both have attacked oil pipelines in the Niger Delta. They say the poverty-ridden region produces oil but does not sufficiently benefit from the wealth that the oil generates.

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  1. Akin Olamide

    The rebels should respect the amnesty programme of the deferal government of nigeria. President yar Aduahas done everything possible to ensure that the mistakes of the past are corrected.

    It is high time vilence was rebuked and peace is given a chance.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HarderSurji

    Blowing up a pipeline will not solve this issue rather it causes more pollution to the environment. The oil spill in the gulf of mexico is an eye-opener for all the world to see, We should hold our government respeonsible. They are elected to talk on our behalf. Lets all cry it loud using all method of communication. As our proverb says a child that said the parents won't sleep will also not get to sleep.

    June 30, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |