Nine dead in attack on oil facility in Nigeria

At least nine people, including eight police officers and a Nigerian employee, were killed on Tuesday (January 24) in an attack by armed men on a facility of the Italian oil company Agip in Port Harcourt. According to ENI, of which Agip is a subsidiary, the attack mainly targeted the bank installed on the site. The group said it lacked details on whether the raid was linked to rebels in the delta region who have been targeting the oil industry for several weeks.

"This is a successful hold-up," said the Italian consul general in Lagos, about the attack, very well organized and launched from two fast boats. The attackers wore camouflage fatigues and berets. They were armed with AK-47s. The consul specified that no expatriate, therefore no Italian had been killed, contrary to what witnesses had initially said.

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