Explosions today rocked the Warri, Delta State venue of an amnesty talks minutes after militants issued a bomb threat.
The Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), which claimed responsibility for the blasts, said its operatives planted three bombs at the venue.
It vows to detonate the first device at 11:30am. The group gave only 30 minutes notice of intention to detonate the bomb and allow evacuation.
There was confusion over the source of the explosions. Some witnesses pointed to car bombs outside the compound; others said one of the devices went off near a hall where delegates were meeting.
It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.
MEND spokeman Jomo Gbomo said it was the beginning of a new onslaught.
“In the coming days, we will carry out a number of attacks against installations and oil companies across the Niger Delta,” he said.
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