Despite Niger Delta talks, militants bomb crude export pipelines

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A yet-to-be identified militant group in Niger Delta on Tuesday reportedly brought down two major crude oil delivery lines supplying the Trans Forcados Export trunk line in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State. Sources in the community told our correspondent on Wednesday that the incident occurred at around 1:40am on Tuesday around the Batan community in the Warri South West Local Government Area of the state.

It was learnt that one of the affected trunk lines had just been repaired after militants blew it up earlier in the year. The sources added that the delivery lines commenced operation four days ago, adding that the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company had earlier shut them down following incessant attacks from suspected militants in the region.

A military source, who confirmed the incident, told our correspondent that the attack happened about 13 kilometres from the Batan Flow Station operated by the NPDC and the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company.

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