Royal Dutch Shell has shut three oil flow stations in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region after a pipeline was sabotaged, a company spokeswoman has said. She said the Jan. 30 leak on the Trans Ramos oil pipeline was confirmed “to have been caused by sabotage.” No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but it came shortly after Nigeria’s militant group MEND said it was ending the truce it declared last October. MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) said it was not “directly responsible” for the attack, reports the Reuters news agency. But an e-mailed statement said: “It was certainly a response to our order to resume hostilities by one of the various freelance groups we endorse.” (BBC)

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