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Nigerian rebels say at least 20 soldiers killed in Shell raid

Nigerian rebels announced a new raid against a Shell oil facility and said they had killed at least 20 soldiers in a gun battle.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Lagos
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2009 04:41 PM IST

Nigerian rebels on Monday announced a new raid against a Shell oil facility and said they had killed at least 20 soldiers in a gun battle.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) militants said the Shell Forcados off-shore platform in Delta state was burning "after a massive explosion" following their 02:30 am (0330 GMT) raid.

A Shell spokesman confirmed the raid.

The MEND statement also said they had sunk a gunboat with between 20 and 23 soldiers on board.

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