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10/04/2011 05:46 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

Nigeria: Italian oil firm Eni SpA says pipeline was attacked in oil-rich Niger Delta

YENAGOA, Nigeria - Italian oil firm Eni SpA says a pipeline carrying some of its crude out of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta has been attacked.

The oil company said Monday that its Obama-Brass pipeline was damaged by an act of "sabotage" near Obama town in Bayelsa state.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Timothy Antigha said Tuesday that if it is a case of sabotage, they would find the culprits.

Eni says it has not declared any shipment warnings and that the incident will have a "very small impact" on production.

Militants in the Niger Delta began a campaign of kidnapping and pipeline bombings in 2006, upset over pollution and the region's endemic poverty despite 50 years of oil production.