Shell Shuts Down Nigerian Oil Field After Attack

By Edward Harris, Associated Press | July 7, 2008 | 8:19 PM EDT

Lagos, Nigeria (AP) - Royal Dutch Shell says it has shut down production at a Nigerian oil field that produces about 200,000 barrels per day after a militant attack.

A Nigerian militant leader says his group launched a rare attack against one of the company's offshore oil installations, more than 65 miles from land.

The fighters said they weren't able to enter a computer control room that they had hoped to destroy to cripple production.

The militant leader spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid punishment by authorities. The account could not be immediately verified.

A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed an attack, but gave no details. The spokesman, Olav Ljosne, said production had been stopped from the field.

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