Militants Kill 3 in Bayelsa

Suspected militants have attacked a tugboat and killed three crew members in Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State.
Reports say an oil services vessel with a combined team of security escort on board and civilians was attacked on Friday by suspected sea pirates at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
Two of the victims of the incident which occurred on Friday were security escorts and a civilian crew member of the tugboat towing a vessel.
It was gathered that the bandits launched the attack on Friday night along the Ikebiri waterways.
The victims were escorting an oil barge when the gunmen opened fire on them.
The gunmen snatched riffles of their victims, whose bodies were later recovered by divers.
The deceased NSCDC operative identified as Sango Potipher, was said to be an indigene of Okpotuari community in Southern Ijaw.
Sources said the security operatives were heading for the Tebidaba Flow Station from Koluama when the gunmen struck at about 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said one police operative was still missing as his remains were yet to be recovered.
He said a response team dispatched to the crime scene rescued eight occupants of the ill-fated boat while efforts are underway to arrest the armed men.
This is coming barely three weeks after an ambush on a military houseboat that killed two in Southern Ijaw creeks.
Suspected Niger Delta militants had on August 28 ambushed a houseboat operated by the Joint Task Force and killed a soldier and a civilian crew member at the same spot.

Author: News Editor

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