Militants responsible for a string of attacks and kidnappings that have cut Nigerian oil exports by 20 percent threatened for the first time Today to target international oil tankers coming into this West African nation’s waters to load crude oil.
The country is already reeling from violence on Saturday that
saw nine foreigners abducted and oil installations destroyed across
the volatile southern delta region. A self-declared commander of
the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta told The
Associated Press by telephone his group was poised to escalate the
violence by firing rockets at crude oil tankers offshore.