Militants blow up natural gas pipeline in Nigeria’s delta state

Militants of the Urhobo minority ethnic group blew up a natural gas pipeline in Nigeria’s Delta state in the early hours on Friday, a Nigerian official said on Saturday. « The Urhobo militants who carried out the attack have claimed responsibility, » said Isa Ado, spokesman for the Pulo Shield taskforce, made up of members of various Nigerian security forces investigating oil theft in Nigeria’s oil-producing delta region. Ado added that the militants were trying to draw attention to their exclusion from lucrative pipeline protection contracts with the state oil company.