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Militants strike major pipeline in Niger delta: official

A photo taken on March 22, 2013 shows an aerial view of Shell Cawtharine channels at Awoba in the Niger DeltaFor the third time in a week, a militant group has attacked oil and gas infrastructure in Nigeria’s increasingly violent oil-producing south, an official said Saturday. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have been sabotaging Nigeria’s oil infrastructure for months in bombings that have forced production to drop from 2.2 million barrels per day to twenty-year lows of 1.4 million barrels per day. “I am aware that there was a dynamite attack on the pipeline,” Nengi James, chairman of the Nembe Oil and Gas Committee, told AFP.

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