Saturday, May 3, 2008

Nigerian militants blow up Shell wells- sources

LAGOS, May 3 (Reuters) - Rebels in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta blew up three oil wells operated by Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) on Saturday, their fifth attack in recent weeks against the petroleum industry, security sources said.

A Shell spokesman was not immediately able to confirm the report. The attack on the Diebu flow station in southern Bayelsa state came a day after a Nigerian court ordered the trial of rebel leader Henry Okah to take place behind closed doors, prompting a threat of reprisals from the rebel Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). (For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: ) (Reporting by Daniel Flynn; editing by Sami Aboudi)

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