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Sabotage behind Eni oil pipeline blast in Nigeria

July 21, 2008
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The Associated Press reports that an explosion that destroyed an Eni SpA oil pipeline in Nigeria''s restive southern oil region was caused by aggrieved youths from a nearby community, a military official said Friday. Col. Chris Musa, the head of the Bayelsa State military, said Thursday''s blast was not an accident but "deliberate sabotage" by a group protesting the alleged nonpayment of fees by the energy company to the local population. Nigeria''s major militant group -- the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta -- had denied any involvement in the blast. The pre-dawn explosion caused a sudden drop in pressure halting production on pipelines carrying 47,000 barrels of oil a day. The pipes are owned by Agip, a subsidiary of Italian energy company Eni.

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