Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region say they have "declared war" on the government after battling security forces guarding facilities.
In an email released by Mend, the group said it had launched an "oil war" on the government in response to what it described as unprovoked aerial attacks on its bases in the Niger Delta.
"The operation will continue until the government of Nigeria appreciates that the solution to peace in the Niger Delta is justice, respect and dialogue," the group said.
We may well be seeing the beginnings of a real civil war in Nigeria.
One has to wonder what foreign nation will "race to the rescue" (neutralizing the opponents) of the current government, given Nigeria's oil riches.