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Explosion rocks Shell’s facility in Delta

THE Anglo-Dutch oil group, Shell, said, Wednesday, that its oil flow station in the Niger Delta had been
damaged by an explosion, in what appeared to have been an attack by a militant splinter group.

“We confirm explosive damage to a part of Kokori flowstation, but the facility was unmanned and has not been
producing,” Shell’s spokesman, Mr.  Precious Okolobo, said in an e-mail to news agencies.

Meantime, a group, “the Peoples’ Patriotic Revolutionary Force” has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group which claimed to be an affliate of the Joint Revolutionary Council, JRC, said it successfully blew
up the flowstation, located in southern Delta State to signal “the resumption of fresh and final hostilities
in the Niger Delta and beyond.”

The group called on Shell and other oil companies to quit the oil-rich region immediately.

The JRC said it was distinct from the region’s most prominent armed group the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), which last month called off a three-month-old truce with the government.


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