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Shell confirmed on Sunday that a security guard died after Nigerian militants launched an attack on an oil flow station in the Delta region.

According to the AP, a Shell Nigeria spokesman said the guard died Friday during an attack on the company’s Kolo Creek site in the Eastern Niger Delta.

The site was attacked by a group of armed men and targeted a Joint Task Force (JTF) sentry post at Kolo, the Premium Times said.

The victim was on duty during the attack, the paper added.

No damage or environmental impact has been reported.

Further details about the attack have not been disclosed yet.

“The sound of gunshots fired by the suspected militants alerted the security team stationed to guard the oil installation, which repelled the gunmen, forcing them to run away,” an unnamed source told the News Agency of Nigeria.

Shell added that the incident is currently being investigated.

Kolo Creek is liquid natural gas project located in OML 28.

Shell operates the project with a 30 percent stake.

Nigeria’s NNPC holds a 55 percent stake, France’s Total holds a 10 percent stake and Italy’s holds a 5 percent stake.

Shell is currently laying about 24 miles of pipeline that will run from Kolo Creek to the Soku project as part of its Gbaran Phase 2B development, according to the company’s website.

Militant activity in the Delta region has been rising as local groups demand a larger share of oil revenues and more regional autonomy, the AP noted.

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited holds stakes in several of the country’s assets including interests in about 50 producing oil fields, a network of about 3,106 miles of oil and gas pipelines and flowlines, five gas plants and the Bonny and Forcados oil export terminals.