Earlier in the day Nigerian militants stormed a barge owned by Willbros and kidnapped nine foreign workers who were laying pipeline for Royal Dutch
Shell. Several hours later the militants have threatened to attack international oil tankers with rockets in an attempt to "stop them from taking our
oil" as quoted by Efie Alari.
Efie Alari, who identified himself as commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, told The Associated Press by telephone
Sunday his group was poised to attack foreign oil tankers offshore.
"We'll use our rockets on the ships to stop them from taking our oil," Alari said. His identity could not be independently verified, but the call
came from a number used previously by the group based in the oil region of the Niger River delta.
The military said it would do whatever was necessary to ensure the safety of tankers.
Dozens of militants seized nine foreigners Saturday in an assault in the swampy Forcados estuary after storming a barge belonging to the Houston-based
oil services company Willbros, which was laying pipeline for Royal Dutch Shell.
The hostages included three Americans, two Egyptians, two Thais, a Briton and a Filipino, militants and Willbros officials said.
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If we are going to fight a war on terror, we need to stop these terrorists from attempting to cut off an important source of energy. Nigeria may be
America's fifth largest supplier of oil, but we are not the only nations buying oil from them. It is an international market and this cut in supply
will affect people all over the world.
Supposedly this kind of violence and sabotage has been going on for fifteen years according to the article. Local impoverished communities are upset
they don't feel they are getting their fair share of revenue from oil flowing from their land.
I don't believe actions like this are the answer to solving this problem, however it is definetly getting international attention now.
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[edit on 2/19/2006 by DYepes]