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Rebels claim pipeline attack in Nigeria

  • Rebel group claims to have attacked oil pipeline in Buguma, Nigeria
  • Shell could not immediately confirm explosion had taken place
  • Rebels say poverty-ridden region does not sufficiently benefit from oil wealth

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) -- Rebels in oil-rich Nigeria say they have set off an explosion at a pipeline in the southern part of the country.

The Joint Revolutionary Council, a little-known rebel group in the Niger Delta, said its members "attacked and exploded" part of a pipeline in Buguma, Nigeria.

Shell said it is aware of the claim but could not immediately confirm that an explosion had taken place.

The Joint Revolutionary Council and a better-known rebel group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, both have attacked oil pipelines in the Niger Delta.

They say the poverty-ridden region produces oil but does not sufficiently benefit from the wealth that the oil generates.