Raw video,text from source : The following video shows an oil depot in Lagos going up in flames on Sunday night after an attack by armed fighters from Nigeria's biggest militant group.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the attack on Nigeria's crucial Atlas Cove oil depot (where oil is stored for export), in which five workers were killed. It was the group's first attack outside of the Niger Delta, where much of Nigeria's oil extraction takes place. MEND, referred to by some Nigerian bloggers as the country's Robin Hood for standing up for the rights of impoverished residents of the resource-rich Niger Delta, is the country's leading rebel group. President Umaru Yar'Adua's government offered the insurgents an amnesty on June 25 and released one of its top leaders, Henry Okah, on Monday (13 July) in the hope of a ceasefire. The group have until October 4 this year to surrender their weapons. [UPDATE - 15 July 2009: MEND has agreed to a 60-day ceasefire in response to Okah's release].
MEND's increased operations in the past few years have dramatically endangered Nigeria's oil industry, forcing the closure of plants owned by Anglo-Dutch giant Shell and US-based Chevron.
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