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3 Major Oil Pipelines Bombed in Nigeria

The main militant group in restive southern Nigeria has bombed three major oil pipelines

The main militant group in restive southern Nigeria said Tuesday that it has bombed three major oil pipelines.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said in an e-mail address frequently used by the group that it had attacked three major pipelines in Bayelsa state.

"Fighters of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta attacked and destroyed three major pipelines ... We will continue indefinitely with attacks on all pipelines, platforms and support vessels," the e-mail stated.

The claim was not immediately verifiable by the Nigerian authorities or by Eni SpA, whose subsidiary Agip operates the Brass export terminal. Previous announcements of attacks have proved true. The terminal exports 200,000 barrels of crude per day.