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Nigeria oil station 'destroyed'.

9/17/2008 6:03:18 AM

An armed group seeking a greater share of oil wealth in Nigeria says it has destroyed part of Shell's operation in the Niger Delta.

The claim came shortly after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) declared an "oil war" on foreign companies working in the country.

A Nigerian military spokesman confirmed to Reuters news agency on Wednesday that there had been an attack on Royal Dutch Shell's oil flow station.

"It is feared the facility may have caught fire due to intense, sporadic gunshots and massive dynamite and bomb explosions," Lieutenant-Colonel Sagir Musa said.

Mend said it destroyed the Orubiri flow station on Tuesday with the help of another armed group, the Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF).

It is the third attack in 48 hours on a Shell installation.

Mend has threatened to expand its so-called oil war to states outside Rivers state, saying that its next big attack would be on an offshore oil rig. It told foreign workers that they should abandon their posts.

"After Rivers, the hurricane will be heading to the neighbouring states in the Niger Delta," the group said in an email statement.

So far, pipelines, platforms and gas plants have all come under attack and numerous workers have been kidnapped for ransom.

Shell was not immediately available for comment. 2003 - 2008

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