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Army 'controls' Nigeria's Delta

The Nigerian army says it is bringing the oil-rich Niger Delta region under control after more than a week of clashes. Army spokesman Colonel Onwuamaegbu Chukwuemeka said a military task force had stopped Ijaw militants attacking oil installations and rival local communities. But the three main oil companies in the region have been further cutting back their production in the coastal swamps. Chevron Texaco has now shut down its main export terminal; Shell has evacuated four facilities and Total Fina Elf have pulled out of an oil storage farm. The combined total loss of production now stands at more than one-third of Nigeria’s normal output. The army say 13 people – including five civilians – have died in the violence. However, a human rights activist Danka Pueba told the French news agency she had reports that many more local people had been killed. Full Story

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