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Gunfire Resounds Across Nigerian Oil City

Heavy gunfire and a loud blast resounded through the Nigerian oil city of Warri on Monday morning, as soldiers patrolled the streets three days after new ethnic violence erupted. The fighting is the worst in the Niger Delta around Warri since March, when a revolt by the Ijaw ethnic group forced oil firms to abandon key production facilities in OPEC-member Nigeria. At least eight people have been killed so far. It was unclear whether the new shooting came from ethnic militias or security forces. Clashes between the Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic groups had subsided late on Sunday. Witnesses said there was also sporadic shooting overnight, mainly from soldiers firing warning shots during a dusk-to-dawn curfew. The Nigerian Red Cross raised its death toll in the violence from four to eight, but feared more bodies could be discovered. Dozens of buildings have been destroyed. Full Story

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