Nigerian Militant Group Vows 'Bloody Fight' With Government

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan 4, 2008 (Dow Jones Newswires)

Nigeria's main militant group promised a "bloody fight" in the new year, according to an e-mail message sent Thursday.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, said in the statement sent by e-mail their "goal remains to paralyze 100% of Nigeria's oil export in one swipe."

MEND says it is fighting for an increased share of oil wealth for the people of the country's oil-rich Niger Delta, who remain among the poorest in the world despite the huge wealth extricated from their soil. Attacks by armed groups in the region have cut more than 20% of Nigeria's daily oil production, adding to the upward pressure on global oil prices.

Nigeria is Africa's leading oil producer and the fifth-biggest source of U.S. oil imports.

MEND in its e-mail told residents of key oil-producing states "to avoid milling around army checkpoints and armored personnel carriers as they have become targets for attacks by explosive devices."

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan 4, 2008 (Dow Jones Newswires)