Community Group: Gas Pipeline in Niger Delta Operated Attacked



Reuters

YENAGOA, Nigeria May 20 (Reuters) - A gas pipeline in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta region operated by the state energy company was attacked late on Thursday, a spokesman for a local community group and a witness said on Friday.

The pipeline, which connects the Escravos oil terminal to Warri, supplies gas to different parts of the country.

Nigeria has seen a resurgence in militant attacks in the oil-rich southern region in the last few weeks, with strikes on pipelines and oil facilities. A group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of them.

Eric Omare, a spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, said the attack occurred around the village of Ogbe Ijoh, near Warri. Local resident James Dadiowei said a "loud bang" at the NNPC pipeline had thrown the community into panic on Thursday night.

"The explosion occurred last night on the pipeline belonging to NNPC [Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation]," said Omare.

A spokesman for NNPC was unable to confirm the attack.

(Reporting by Tife Owolabi and Anamesere Igboeroteonwu, in Onitsha; writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; editing by David Clarke)



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