Militants blow up pipeline in Warri

Militants in the Niger Delta on Tuesday blew up an oil pipeline in Warri, Delta, according to AFP.

Chairman of Batan community Dickson Ogugu who confirmed the incident said, “The line which was undergoing repair after the previous attack … was billed for commissioning either today or tomorrow.”

Ogugu said four surveillance guards deployed to protect the Trans Forcados export line narrowly escaped death after the militants opened fire on them.

He added, “The hoodlums after chasing them from the spot came down from their speedboat, planted dynamite on swamp boogie, barge, crane and on the line.

“Unfortunately, only the dynamite on the barge exploded and immediately sank into the water. As I speak to you, the military are at the scene of the incident trying to dismantle the other dynamites.”

An army officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity also confirmed the incident.

“We heard the shots in the middle of the night, but as you know, we do not patrol the area at night, so there was nothing we could do,” he said.

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