Militants hold hostages in Nigeria, claim new attack

02/27/2006
Militants holding nine foreign hostages in southern Nigeria claimed Feb. 20 that they attacked another oil facility and blew up a military vessel in continued violence that has further cut the country’s production of crude oil.The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said the attacks were carried out on a houseboat belonging to the Nigerian army as well as the loading facility at Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s 380,000 b/d Forcados terminal in the region.Shell said it was assessing the damage at Forcados and had closed down its nearby EA offshore field as a precaution, shutting in 115,000 b/d of production. Two domestic refineries also were shut down after the attac...
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