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Who Are the Militants Attacking Nigeria’s Oil Industry? Q & A

  • Niger Delta Avengers claim responsibility for pipeline attacks
  • Militants seek regional autonomy, bigger share of oil revenue

Attacks on pipelines in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger River delta region have slashed crude output to the lowest level in 27 years and shut all but four of the country’s 23 gas-powered generators, leaving much of the West African nation without electricity. A group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility. Here’s what the conflict is about:

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