Niger Delta militants attacked three major oil pipelines with a combined capacity of 300,000 barrels, informed Anadolu Post. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) said they had blown up the Nembe pipelines operated by Royal Dutch Shell, Agip, and Oando in coastal Bayelsa state following a military clampdown in the region.
The Group said it will continue to target Nigerian oil and gas facilities until the Nigerian government responds to their demands. According to Thomson Reuters Foundation News, the NDA has listed 16 demands including the withdrawal of the army from the region, ordering oil firms to move their headquarters there and spending more on development in the swampland region.
The most recent attacks on the Nigeria’s pipelines were carried out as a response to ‘Operation Sharkbite’ recently launched by the Nigerian Navy in the Niger Delta to curb piracy and enhance the security of critical oil facilities in the region, wrote The Guardian. This was the latest blow against the country’s oil production, which has more than halved since the militant campaign resumed in January this year.