Militants Blow Up Another NPDC Oil Pipeline

A local official said Nigerian militants on Sunday blew up a state-run pipeline in the restive oil-producing south, in the latest act of sabotage aimed against the strategic oil sector, The Guardian reports.

“The pipeline popularly known as the Abura line was bombed at about 7:30 am on Sunday morning,” Ughelli south council chairman Paul Etaiga told AFP. The pipeline is owned by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Delta State.

Etaiga said he and security agents had visited the scene of the blast to assess the extent of damage. There was however, no immediate claim of responsibility but militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, has consistently carried out attacks on oil pipelines belonging to the NPDC in the area.