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Militant group alleges pipeline attacks

July 8, 2009 at 12:25 PM   |   Comments

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 8 (UPI) -- A militant group said Wednesday it was responsible for an alleged attack on oil pipelines in Nigeria's Niger Delta region.

In an e-mall to members of the media, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed it sabotaged crude oil trunk lines owned by the foreign companies Shell and Agip, CNN reported.

"The Agip pipeline which connects the Agip Brass terminal was sabotaged at Nembe creek while the Shell Nembe creek line was done at Asawo village," the militant group said.

CNN said the Nigerian military has denied the militant group's claims, while Shell said it was investigating the alleged attacks in Nigeria's Bayelsa state.

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