Summary Box: Eni SpA pipeline attacked in Nigeria

AP News
Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:48 AM
Summary Box: Eni SpA pipeline attacked in Nigeria

PIPLEINE TARGETED: Gunmen attacked a pipeline belonging to Italy's Eni SpA in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta. The main militant group in the region claimed responsibility.

IMPACT UNCLEAR: Eni said engineers were examining the damage. The company did not say how much oil had been spilled or whether oil production had been affected.

TROUBLED REGION: In 2006 militants began attacking foreign oil companies _ bombing pipelines, kidnapping workers and fighting security forces. The violence ebbed in 2009 with a government-sponsored amnesty program promising ex-fighters monthly payments and job training. Few have seen the promised benefits and scattered kidnappings and attacks continue.