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Africa News Dimension (South Africa): NIGERIA : Army confirms clash but disputes militant death toll claim

March 12, 2006
By Andnetwork .com
The Nigerian Army has confirmed the clash between soldiers and militants in the oil- producing Niger Delta region Wednesday, but denied the militants claim that they killed 13 soldiers in the battle.
Army spokesman, Col. Mohammed Yusuf, said in Abuja however that some soldiers were wounded in the attack..
“There was a militant attack around Koko area by the militants in their quest to hijack some oil tanker going to berth in Warri,” Yusuf said..
“We have no information any soldier was killed but we know about two or three soldiers were wounded,” he said, adding that the soldiers killed some of the militants..
Militants of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) reported the clash in an e-mail to PANA Wednesday night, claiming they killed 13 soldiers and lost none of their fighters.
“Our intelligence reports indicate a large number of wounded soldiers, many of whom have been lifted to hospitals in Warri (Delta state) by Shell,” said the militants, whose attacks on oil platforms in the region have cut Nigeria`s daily production of 2.5 million barrels.
Source : ANGOP

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