YENAGOA, Nigeria: An explosion hit a pipeline operated by a subsidiary of Nigeria’s state oil company in the West African country’s restive Delta region late on Thursday, a security official said on Friday.
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) pipeline at the Sanomi creek, around the Ogidigben area of Warri South West, exploded around 8 p.m. local time (1900 GMT), said the source who added that people nearby heard “a loud explosion”.
A community leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, also said a blast was heard. “There is fire burning,” he said.
Militants have carried out a spate of attacks on energy facilities in the southern Delta region in the last few months.