Nigerian Militants Threaten to Bring Oil Industry ''to Their Knees''
November 22, 2010
The Associated Foreign Press reports, Nigeria''s most prominent rebel group threatened to cripple the country''s oil sector after the military said it had arrested dozens of militants believed to have recently kidnapped 19 oil workers. In its first reaction after the army announced mass arrests in a raid last week, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) vowed "to bring oil companies operating in Nigeria to their knees." It also claimed that the 63 militants the army said it arrested at the weekend, in fact had turned themselves in for promised financial payouts. On Saturday, the Nigerian military announced it had arrested a gang leader and 62 of his followers after an eight-hour standoff. The military freed 19 hostages in an operation in the creeks of Niger Delta region, the heart of one of the world''s largest oil industries. The victims included American, Canadian, French, Indonesian and Nigerian nationals. Two days after that the military said it raided a camp where the hostages had been held and took away the militants and an array of weapons.