Monday, 13 December 2010

Nigeria: NDLF admits to blowing up a major NNPC pipeline

The Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) militant group has claimed responsibility for blowing up a major NNPC pipeline in Delta State. In a statement released by NDLF's spokesperson, Mark Anthony, confirming the attack, the militant group stated that its “soldiers” struck the pipeline near the Batan flow station in Delta State on Sunday 5th December at about 23:30 and that “NDLF took the operation in three war tug boats with three GPMGs and 15 AK-47 rifles”.

The NDLF's attack on NNPC's pipeline - led by John Togo, one of the militant commanders who accepted the Federal Government's amnesty offer to militants in October 2009 - came only a few days after the group and the Joint Task Force (JTF) had clashed in a the village of Ayakoromor, in a clash which is reported to have had several innocent civilian casualties.

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