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Oil report

UPDATE 2-Bank robbers open fire near Nigeria Shell site

(Recasts with police comment)

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, May 19 (Reuters) - Nigerian security forces clashed with gunmen trying to rob a bank on Monday outside the gates of a Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L compound on Bonny Island, in the southern Rivers state, police said.

“The gunmen came to attack the Oceanic Bank outside the gates of the Shell compound in Bonny. Several people were injured,” said Rita Inoma-Abbey, spokeswoman for Rivers state police command.

Bonny Island is home to the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas facility, one of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest single industrial projects, which is operated by Shell.

Attacks on oil facilities and compounds are frequent in the Niger Delta, where militant groups launched a violent campaign in 2006 to press for greater local control of oil revenues, but the line between criminality and militancy has become blurred.

Oil companies and trading sources say a recent spate of attacks and sabotage have shut in about 559,000 barrels per day of Nigerian production, about 19 percent of the installed output capacity of around 3 million bpd in the West African state. (Reporting by Austin Ekeinde; Writing by Nick Tattersall)

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