Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Niger Delta Conflict Spill-over

Equatorial Guinea has once again suffered from what seems to be a spill-over to the violence that is a constant threat in Nigeria's Niger Delta region. This time it was an attack on the island capital by two(?) speedboats full of militants... which would not be much of a threat most anywhere else, but in West Africa, it doesn't take much to threaten to pull off a coup d'etat.

It took a two hour firefight to drive off the attack, and according to Reuters at least one attacker was shot dead and another group drowned when their boat was sunk by the Navy.

The main Nigerian rebel group in the Niger Delta has denied any role in the attack, but they aren't the only bunch of gun-toting opportunists in the area. After all...


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