Gunmen attack Exxon facility off Nigeria: source

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Gunmen attacked an oil facility off the southern coast of Nigeria operated by US energy firm Exxon Mobil overnight but it was unclear whether there were any injuries or damage, a security source said.

The site was a deep offshore facility off the coast of Akwa Ibom, one of the states that make up the Niger Delta, home to Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry, said the source, who declined to be named because investigations were continuing.

The attack would be the second of its kind in as many weeks off Akwa Ibom. Militants attacked a rig operated by exploration firm Afren in the region a week ago, kidnapping two Americans, two Frenchmen, two Indonesians and a Canadian, Reuters reports.



That attack was claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main militant group in the region, which has warned of further strikes against energy facilities.