Nigeria: Attack in Niger Delta kills 2, wounds 6

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 8, 2011 15:06

LAGOS, Nigeria— Gunmen in Nigeria's restive southern delta opened fire on a ceremony welcoming a former presidential adviser on the region back home, killing two people and wounding six others, police said Saturday.

Timi Alaibe was not hurt in the attack at his home Friday night in Bayelsa state. The violence comes as he prepares to run for governor of the oil-rich state in the Niger Delta.

While police declined to offer a motive for the attack, a government-sponsored amnesty program Alaibe helped run has begun to fray, sending armed militants back into the winding creeks where foreign oil companies operate.

Bayelsa state police spokesman Eguavoen Emokpae said the gunmen shot at Alaibe's home as it swelled with well-wishers welcoming him back from Abuja, Nigeria's capital. Emokpae said several people were arrested, but he said he did not have any other information about the incident.


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