2 soldiers killed in Nigeria oil delta attack

AP News
Posted: Feb 05, 2013 10:02 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A military spokesman says two soldiers were killed in a shootout in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta involving a vessel operated by an Indian company.

Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said the attack happened Tuesday in Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta. Nwachukwu said the soldiers were guarding a vessel operated by Sterling Global Oil Resources Ltd., a venture of an India-based company called the Sandesara Group.

Nwachukwu said additional patrol boats had arrived to the area. He said he did not know if any civilians were injured in the attack.

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Criminal gangs and militant groups target foreign oil companies working in the Niger Delta, despite the signing of a 2009 amnesty deal. Some also steal oil from pipelines in the region and attack commercial tankers in the region.