Nigerian group threatens to attack oil facilities

ABUJA, Feb 3 (Reuters) – A Nigerian militant faction on Thursday threatened to mount new attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta, after saying peace negotiations with the military had collapsed.

Militant gangs have planted bombs to damage oil infrastructure and disrupt Africa’s largest energy industry for years but several recent threats have not been carried out.

“We want to call off our declaration for temporal ceasefire … starting from this day of publication and continue massive attack on oil facilities in Niger Delta,” the Niger Delta Liberation Force said in an emailed statement.

“Our resolve to resume hostility is a fallout of genuine peace deal on the part of federal government.”

At its height, militant unrest knocked out more than a quarter of Nigeria’s oil output, costing sub-Saharan Africa’s second largest economy $1 billion a month in lost revenue.

An amnesty brokered by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2009 brought more than a year without attacks, and a resurgence in violence at the end of last year was ended after raids by a military task force. (Reporting by Nick Tattersall; writing by Joe Brock; editing by Andrew Roche)

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