Militants threaten attacks ahead of vote

2011-03-14 08:57

Lagos – Nigerian militant The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has threatened simultaneous bomb blasts and attacks on oil facilities ahead of April general elections in the oil-rich west African country.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta will soon commence with simultaneous bomb blasts and attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta and other strategic locations in Abuja and Lagos states of Nigeria,” the group said in an e-mail statement late yesterday.

MEND said it would issue a 30-minute advance warning to residents of the targeted areas to evacuate “to avert avoidable loss of lives”.

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