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  • Niger Delta Militants Blow Up 2 Chevron Oil Wells

    06/03/2016 9:14:04 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 01 June 2016 | Charles Kennedy
    In an early Wednesday attack, Niger Delta militants have blown up two Chevron oil wells in Warri, leading a shut down in the wells and promising further output drops for Nigeria. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have claimed responsibility for the attack via their Twitter feed, not that they “blew up Chevron oil well RMP 23 and 24 [at] 3:44 am this morning.” These are Chevron’s Bibi oil wells, run by Chevron Nigeria Limited. The militant group also noted that it had a “heavy presence of 100 gunboats, 4 warships and jet bombers,” and that the attack was meant “to...
  • What You Don’t Know About the Niger Delta Avengers

    07/04/2016 9:35:59 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 18 replies
    Nigerian Television Authority ^ | 2JUN2016 | Edino Justice
    A militant group has however since February 2016 been making headlines through their capacity to destroy oil infrastructure. Their attacks have driven Nigeria’s oil output to near a 22-year low. Contrary to popular opinion, the group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA for short, according to them is not just made up of Niger Deltans but has support from other parts of Nigeria, namely Northern, Western and Eastern part of the Country with the sole purpose of crippling the Nigerian Economy until their demands are met. According to reports, Diplomats and security experts say the group has shown a level of sophistication...
  • ( Shia ) Iran Offers to Help African Union Against Boko Haram ( Sunni Moslems )

    02/01/2015 7:22:30 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Feb 2015 | John Hayward
    The absence of strong Western leadership against the Boko Haram terror state has created an opportunity Iran seems ready to exploit. The Premium Times of Nigeria reports that Iran is stepping forward to offer assistance to the African Union against the savage caliphate spilling out of northern Nigeria into Cameroon and menacing the entire region: ... Abdollohian said the activities of the Boko Haram militants and that of Al-Shabaab in the Somalia were similar to that of Al-Qaeda and the ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East. ... Iran was willing to share its experiences on terrorist activities...
  • Iran’s Africa Fiasco

    02/26/2011 7:19:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 25, 2011 | Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
    It hasn't made much noise worldwide, but Iran's rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent. On February 16, the Nigerian Federal High Court in Lagos began the prosecution of an alleged member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Azim Aghajani, and a Nigerian associate, Usman Abbas Jega. They are accused of arms smuggling. This video link is in Arabic, but is very self-explanatory. It is of the opening day of the court proceedings.The story is a classic, just one of many on the Dark Continent nowadays: In late October 2010, Nigerian intelligence officials...
  • Arms found in Nigeria were headed to West Africa: Iran

    11/15/2010 2:42:23 PM PST · by Flavius · 2 replies
    afp ^ | 11/15/10 | afp
    Iran said on Monday an arms shipment sent from an Iranian port and discovered in Lagos was heading to a West African country and the "misunderstanding" had since been cleared up with the Nigerian authorities. "A private company which had sold conventional defence weapons to another country in West Africa had transferred the shipment via Nigeria which raised some doubts with relevant officials," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters.
  • Arms shipment found in Nigeria loaded in Iran

    10/30/2010 3:59:08 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    An illegal arms shipment including rockets and grenades discovered in Nigeria this week was loaded in Iran by an Iranian trader, the firm that operates the vessel that delivered it said on Friday. Security agents this week intercepted 13 containers declared as building materials and discharged from the CMA CGM Everest vessel at the country's busiest port of Apapa in Nigeria's economic hub of Lagos. "The shipment in question was booked as a 'shippers owned container' and supplied loaded and sealed by the shipper, an Iranian trader who does not appear on any 'forbidden persons' listing," said CMA CGM, which...
  • Nigeria intercepts 13 Iran missile containers possibly destined for Gaza

    10/28/2010 7:57:54 AM PDT · by Strategy · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | October 28, 2010 | By Barak Ravid
    Nigeria's secret service said on Tuesday it had intercepted 13 containers of weapons from Iran in what Israeli defense sources believe may be part of a new smuggling route from Iran to Hamas in Gaza. Rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives camouflaged as building material were seized in the Nigerian port of Lagos after being unloaded from an Iranian ship. Nigerian media reports said the ship, which came from Iran, docked in Lagos port for a few hours only, unloaded 13 containers and sailed on.
  • Fears over Iran and Nigeria keep oil traders nervous

    04/25/2006 5:25:56 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies · 200+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 26APR06 | Brian O’Mahony
    OIL prices edged back toward record highs yesterday as the threat of war on Iran and the disruption of supplies from Nigeria kept international traders nervous. Nerves were frayed further when US energy giant ExxonMobil announced it had pulled out non-essential staff from the Nigeria's largest oil export terminal amid growing fears dissidents were liable to attack the site. Meanwhile, Iran has refused to rule out the use of oil as a weapon in the worsening stand-off over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear quest. In New York yesterday the new main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in June, rose...
  • Oil prices rally on threat to Nigeria supply, Iran ($64.93/bbl)

    01/17/2006 1:51:42 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 537+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2006 | Neil Chatterjee
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil climbed further on Tuesday as a militant threat to Nigerian oil exports and Iran's standoff with the West over its nuclear ambitions kept the market worried about supply disruptions. London Brent crude for March was up 27 cents to $63.45 a barrel by 0329 GMT, after rising 58 cents on Monday. U.S. light crude for February jumped 86 cents to $64.78 in catch-up gains after being closed for a national holiday on Monday. U.S. crude earlier touched $64.95 a barrel, its highest since October 4. Crude flows from Nigeria, the world's eighth-largest oil exporter, are being...
  • Oil Prices Climb on Concerns About Iran and Nigeria; Iran Warns Sanctions Could Hike Prices

    01/16/2006 2:22:15 PM PST · by Flavius · 18 replies · 441+ views
    ap ^ | 1/16/06 | na
    Crude futures rose Monday after another attack on an oil platform in Nigeria and Iran warned that any sanctions imposed over the country's nuclear program could send oil prices even higher. Brent crude for February delivery gained 77 cents to $63.03 a barrel on London's ICE Futures exchange, ahead of the contract's expiration Monday. Trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange was closed for the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it had evacuated over 300 staffers and contractors from facilities in the Niger Delta. Heavily armed attackers damaged the Benisede oil platform in the Niger...
  • Nigeria Holds Iran Diplomat as Spy

    02/02/2004 1:25:43 PM PST · by Shermy · 9 replies · 275+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 2, 2004
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Iranian diplomat is in Nigerian police custody on suspicion of spying on the Israeli embassy and other sensitive compounds in the capital Abuja, Israeli security sources said Monday. They said the Iranian was arrested on Jan. 23 when staff reported him "staking out" the embassy. Although he carried no credentials, police discovered he was a diplomat, they said. "A digital camera was found in his possession, with surveillance pictures of the embassy and several other international and local official buildings in the capital," a senior Israeli security source said. A Nigerian police spokesman said last Thursday...
  • Hanged for being a Christian in Iran

    10/11/2008 6:50:43 PM PDT · by GreatHeart · 8 replies · 409+ views
    TELEGRAPH ^ | 11 Oct 2008 | Alasdair Palmer reports
    ... A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled "Islamic Penal Code", which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against. ...The new law is not yet in force in Iran: it requires another vote in parliament, and then the signature of the Ayatollah. But that could happen within a matter of weeks. "Or," says Papadouris, "it could conceivably be allowed to drop, were there a...
  • Islamic gunmen kill 20 before Bangladesh commandos end siege ("sharp weapons")

    07/02/2016 6:05:55 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    MSN Reuters ^ | July 2, 2016
    Islamic gunmen shouting "Allahu Akbar" attacked an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, killing 20 people inside, before police stormed the building on Saturday and rescued 13 hostages, officials said. The attack, claimed by Islamic State, marks a major escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants over the past 18 months that had targeted mostly individuals advocating a secular or liberal approach in mostly Muslim Bangladesh. Six gunmen were killed during the police operation and one was captured, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a TV broadcast. "Most of (the hostages) were killed mercilessly by sharp weapons last night," before...
  • Bangladeshi Paper Reports what Liberal Media Won't: ISIS Butchered Hostages Unable to Recite Koran

    07/02/2016 7:02:33 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 16 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 2, 2016 | Brian
    Islamic Jihadists connected to ISIS have slaughtered 20 Foreigners taken hostage at a bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Security Forces from Bangladesh stormed the Bakery, killing all but one of the terrorists. But the 20 Foreigners, apparently mostly Italian and Japanese, were found dead, their throats slit. Reports indicate 13 hostages were “rescued,” but other reports indicate the Islamic Terrorists may have spared those 13 hostages because they could recite verses from the Koran, while those killed could not. The Bangladeshi English Newspaper “The Daily Star” reports that fact, as told by the father of one of the hostages . ....
  • Bangladesh police storm restaurant where Islamist militants hold hostages

    07/01/2016 9:31:20 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published July 01, 2016 | FoxNews.com
    DEVELOPING: Commandos backed by armored vehicles stormed a upscale restaurant in the Bangladesh's capital diplomatic zone early Saturday, hoping to free dozens of hostages held by Islamist militants following an hours-long standoff. Approximately two hours after the operation began, the sound of two big explosions were heard inside the Dhaka restaurant and a police official told the Associated Press that five bodies were seen lying in pools of blood. In Tokyo, Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda, citing Dhaka police, said 12 people had been rescued, including two foreigners.
  • Is Bangladesh the next ISIS hotspot?

    07/01/2016 8:05:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    dhakatribune.com ^ | 07/02/2016 | Ravi Agrawal, New Delhi bureau chief, CNN
    For more than two years, a spate of brutal murders has rocked the South Asian nation. At first the killings had a clear pattern, targeting well-known secular writers in the capital, Dhaka. The attacks seemed designed to silence those who dared to criticize Islam. One of the most high-profile of these -- the murder of the Bangladeshi-American writer Avijit Royin 2014 -- took place right outside Dhaka's annual book fair. Then in April this year, a well-known LGBT activist and his friend were murdered while they were at home.In recent weeks these attacks extended into the countryside, increased in frequency,...
  • Bangladesh forces storm Dkaka hostage cafe

    07/01/2016 7:59:19 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/1/2016 | BBC
    Hundreds of troops are storming a café in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, where gunmen took at least 20 hostages on Friday, security officials say. "Intense gunfighting (is) on," Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, of the Rapid Action Battalion force told Reuters. Explosions were also heard in the area. Reports say several of those held are Italian, and some may be Japanese. The fate of the hostages is unknown. The militant group Islamic State (IS) had said it carried out the attack.......
  • ISIS claims responsibility after attackers seize hostages in attack on Bangladesh restaurant

    07/01/2016 6:01:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 1, 2016 | FoxNews
    Up to nine attackers shouting "Allahu Akbar" stormed a popular restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh Friday, taking hostages and setting off bombs in a siege claimed by ISIS. The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency said the attack on the restaurant was carried out by "Islamic State commandos," according to the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activity.
  • ISIS Claims Bangladesh Cafe Attack, Hostage Siege

    07/01/2016 4:40:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 1, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    ISIS claimed responsibility for a Bangladesh cafe attack today while hostages were still inside with gunmen."Islamic State commandos attack a restaurant frequented by foreigners in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh," reported the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency, which issued the first claim for the Orlando nightclub shooting.They likely wanted to get a claim out quickly because they're competing with another terror group in Bangladesh: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.AQIS had not made any mention of the attack on their Twitter account or WordPress blog. They did reissue their hit-list guidelines on Wednesday, hinting at an upcoming attack.Both AQIS and ISIS...
  • Live update: Hostage situation, shooting at Gulshan -[Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh]

    07/01/2016 10:12:55 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 87 replies
    dhaka tripbune ^ | 07/01/16 | staff
    Several police officials have been wounded in the apparent terrorist attack, at least 20 civilians, mostly foreigners, held hostage inside the restaurant, according to witness accounts -