Niger: Junta confirms rebels behind oil attack

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Niger’s junta has confirmed that rebels damaged an oil pipeline carrying crude oil to neighbouring Benin. The Patriotic Liberation Front, which is fighting for the release of former president Mohamed Bazoum, who was overthrown in a coup last July, said it was behind the attack earlier this week. It has threatened to target oil installations and called on the Chinese companies that run the pipeline to end their support for the military regime. It is the latest setback to hit the newly opened 2,000km (1,243-mile) pipeline as relations between Niger and Benin continue to sour.” (06/22/24)