Militants strike major pipeline in Niger delta: official

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YENAGOA, Nigeria: For the third time in a week, a militant group has attacked oil and gas infrastructure in Nigeria’s increasingly violent oil-producing south, an official said Saturday. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have been sabotaging Nigeria’s oil infrastructure for months in bombings that have forced production to drop from 2.2 million barrels per day to 220-year lows of 1.4 million barrels per day. Early Saturday morning militants attacked the Nembe pipeline carrying crude exports. Continued violence could result in mass evacuations of staff that would “cripple onshore production of about one million barrels per day,” Philippe de Pontent, sub-Saharan Africa analyst at political risk research firm Eurasia Group, said in a recent report.

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