An oil firm spokesman says five people were killed in an attack in Cameroon on a boat carrying guards for an offshore oil field operated by the French firm Perenco SA.
Mark Antelme says the attack happened late yesterday night at the Moudi offshore oil field, which abuts Nigerian territorial waters. Antelme said today the dead included three Cameroonian soldiers and two civilian security contractors.
Militants in oil-rich Nigeria have raided two offshore oil rigs in recent days. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
That field and others operated by Perenco in partnership with Exxon Mobil Corp., Kosmos Energy and Cameroon's state-run oil company provide about 8,000 barrels of oil a day.