Blast Hits NPDC Pipeline In Nigeria's Delta Region



Reuters

YENAGOA, Nigeria June 10 (Reuters) - An explosion hit a pipeline operated by a subsidiary of Nigeria's state oil company in the West African country's restive Delta region late on Thursday, a security official said on Friday.

The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) pipeline at the Sanomi creek, around the Ogidigben area of Warri South West, exploded around 8 p.m. local time (1900 GMT), said the source who added that people nearby heard "a loud explosion".

A community leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, also said a blast was heard. "There is fire burning," he said.

Militants have carried out a spate of attacks on energy facilities in the southern Delta region in the last few months.

(Reporting by Tife Owolabi and Anamesere Igboeroteonwu, in Onitsha; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram)



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