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Nigerian militants claim fresh attack on oil pipeline

A militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an oil pipeline operated by a Nigerian subsidiary of Italy's Eni oil company. It is the second such bombing in Nigeria's restive delta region in two days.

Since the start of the year, the so-called Niger Delta Avengers group has been attacking oil facilities operated by Nigerian subsidiaries of Anglo-Dutch group Shell, US firm Chevron, Eni and other companies.

"Three am (0200 GMT) on Friday @NDAvengers blow up the Obi Obi Brass trunk line belonging to Agip Eni," the militant

Niger Delta Avengers

(NDA) group wrote on Twitter.#

"It is Agip's major crude oil line in Bayelsa State," it added, without giving further details.

The army has vowed to put and end to the attacks that have had a negative impact on the country's oil output, which has been reduced to a 20-year low - 1.6 million barrels a day, well below the target of 2.2 million barrels.

The government has also been struggling due to the global fall in crude oil prices since 2014.

The NDA demands a share of Nigeria's oil wealth and the right to self-determination for the people living in the Niger delta region. The militants have rejected the government's truce offer.

On Thursday, the NDA bombed another pipeline operated by the state-run oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Development Company.

shs/sms (AFP, Reuters)

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