Nigeria's largest rebel group is warning oil workers to leave the Niger
Delta region within 72 hours to avoid what the group threatened would
be an "imminent attack."
The Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta issued the warning in a statement Saturday.
group said it would target what it described as "greedy" contractors
who are repairing oil pipelines that have already been destroyed.
says it is fighting for some of the region's oil wealth to be
distributed to the impoverished people of the southern Niger Delta.
The Nigerian government has said the rebels are criminals.
Friday, the militants swiftly rejected a second amnesty offer from
President Umaru Yar'Adua aimed at bringing an end to the rebels'
MEND responded to the offer by promising to
continue attacks until the government corrects what the group called an
"injustice" in the oil region.
soldiers and militants have been killed in the last three weeks, after
the army launched an offensive against the rebels.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.