Niger Delta militants blow up NNPC pipeline

*Militants on the rampage.

*Militants on the rampage.

17 June 2016, Uyo — A Nigerian militant group claims that it has blown up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Oruk Anam local government area in Akwa Ibom, the group said in a tweet on Thursday.

The Niger Delta Avengers, which has carried out attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria’s southern oil region, had earlier said on Monday it would only negotiate with the government if independent foreign mediators were involved.

Efforts to independently verify this claim from the NNPC and the security agencies proved abortive at the time of filing this report as none of those contacted wanted to be quoted.

*Shivam Srivastava; Editing – Sunil Nair

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