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Militants Blow Up Pipeline Feeding Forcados Terminal

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Posted: Nov 8, 2016 at 2:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A pipeline operated by NNPC that feeds the Forcados terminal in the southern Niger Delta energy hub has been blow up, a community leader and security source said on Tuesday.

The explosion occurred while the pipeline was being repaired following an attack last week.

A community leader said it happened at the same location as last week’s attack – in Batan, near the southern city of Warri – while repairs were being carried out because “the boys claimed they were not happy” with the work.

“There was a serious fire and most people working narrowly escaped being shot by the gunmen, who opened fire on them,” said the leader, who did not want to be identified.

A security official attached to Operation Delta Safe also said the attack took place.

A spokesman for Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) had no immediate comment.

Last week’s attack forced the closure of the Trans Forcados Pipeline, the main contributor to the Forcados stream, cutting the OPEC member’s oil production by at least 200,000 barrels per day.

A week ago, leaders from the Niger Delta region met with President Buhari and asked him to pull the army out and order oil firms to move headquarters there and spend more on development to end militancy in the region.