Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Unknown Gunmen kill three soldiers in Bayelsa attack




Three soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, were feared dead on Tuesday after some gunmen, suspected to be militants, launched a surprise attack on them.
It was learnt that the incident occurred at about 1.30am on Tuesday at Foropa in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
It was further learnt that the gunmen, who operated in a speedboat, allegedly overrun a military outpost at Foropa in SILGA and gunned down three soldiers.
After reportedly killing the victims, the militants were said to have carted away two AK47 rifles, a General Purpose Machine Gun and other ammunition at the Foropa checkpoint.
Sources said troops had been stationed in the area since 2010.
It could not be ascertained if the assailants were from the council area or they sneaked in from another area to carry out the surprise attack on the troops.
Residents of the community were said to be fleeing the community “for fear of military invasion and indiscriminate arrest of innocent persons.”
The security outfit was said to have evacuated the bodies of the slain soldiers before dawn.
A top security source, who did not want to be named, said the militants struck at about 1.30am yesterday (Tuesday), indicating that the soldiers could have been sleeping when the incident occurred.
He added, “These militants attack security agents ostensibly to steal their arms and ammunition. Criminally-minded youths are stockpiling arms again. This calls for vigilance among security operatives.”
Efforts to contact the spokesman for the security outfit, Col. Isa Ado, were not successful as calls to his mobile telephone did not connect.
Following the emergence of a new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, there has been widespread violence in the region.
The NDA had claimed responsibility for recent attacks on a Shell facility at Forcados, Chevron Okan platform at Abiteye in Escravos as well as pipelines transporting oil to the Warri and Kaduna refineries.
President Muhammadu Buhari had subsequently ordered security chiefs to unmask the identities of persons behind the militant group and stop the violence in the region.
Meanwhile, following their ongoing operations in the Rivers State, operatives of the 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, have arrested 17 suspected cultists and armed robbers.
The Army also recovered arms and ammunition, including dynamites, from the hoodlums in the various locations in the state.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Captain Eli Lazarus, said this while briefing newsmen before parading the suspects in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Lazarus said some suspects were arrested during the operations in Ahoada East, Ogbogoro in Obio/Akpor, Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Omuonwa and Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Areas.
The spokesman listed arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects as 16 AK 47 rifles, five General Purpose Machine Guns, two fabricated national rifles, six pump action rifles, 11 shot dane guns and three G-3 rifles.
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