Sunday, June 07, 2009

Nigeria: Rebels tell oil workers to leave as they threaten "imminent attack"

Nigeria's largest rebel group is warning oil workers to leave the Niger Delta region within 72 hours to avoid what the group threatened would be an "imminent attack."

The Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta issued the warning in a statement Saturday.

The group said it would target what it described as "greedy" contractors who are repairing oil pipelines that have already been destroyed.

MEND says it is fighting for some of the region's oil wealth to be distributed to the impoverished people of the southern Niger Delta. The Nigerian government has said the rebels are criminals.

Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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