Nigeria: MEND takes responsibility for blast in delta

Nigerian militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta has claimed responsibility for an attack Tuesday on an oil facility in the Niger Delta.

MEND, which is the main militant group in southern Nigeria, said in a statement e-mailed to the media Wednesday that its fighters had carried out the attack on the Clough Creek oil platform.

The group says this attack and other similar ones serve as a reminder to the government not to take their warnings lightly.

Earlier, security officials said that a facility in Bayelsa state, owned by the Italian Agip company, was attacked late Tuesday. There were no reports of casualties. A military spokesman described the attack as an “isolated incident.”

MEND recently announced that it would carry out bomb attacks at oil installations and other locations across the country. It also warned people to stay away from political gatherings.

MEND has spent been sabotaging Nigeria’s oil industry for years, demanding a bigger share of oil wealth in southern Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. Many of its members surrendered their weapons in 2009 under a government amnesty program. But some militants continue to fight. voa

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