Nigeria: Pirates, JTF in Gun Duel

Pirates attack oil rig, hoping to steal heavy weapons from patrol boat.

Nigeria: Sea Pirates Engage JTF in Gun Duel

BY OSA OKHOMINA

Suspected sea pirates yesterday engaged a detachment of the marine components of the Bayelsa State Police Command and soldiers attached to the Joint Military Task Force, code named Operation Pulo Shield, in a gun duel along the Gbarain and Ogbeinbiri communities of Southern Ijaw areas of the state.

Both the state police commissioner, Hillary Okpara, and the spokesman of the JTF, Lt.Col.Anka Abdullahi confirmed that the suspected sea pirates engaged in gun duel with the soliders in an attempt to overrun a flow station in Ogboinbiri, during which a worker at an oil servicing compny sustained bullet injuries.

The police commissioner also noted that though the number of casualties could not be confirmed, some of the sea pirates were killed.

Security sources confirmed that the sea pirates, numbering five, had attacked the policemen attached to an oil rig in Gbarain.

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Source: allafrica.com

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