Fatal Piracy Attack in Waterways of Lutegbene, Nigeria
February 16, 20:20 LT: An unspecified number of gunmen have reportedly attacked an oil barge along the waterways of Lutegbene, Ekeremor Local Government Area in Bayelsa State (Nigeria) in approx. location 04°49.166’N 005°31.100’E.
It is reported that they killed four soldiers escorting the barge and two civilians. An unspecified number of others in the vessel are reported to have escaped with gunshot wounds by diving into the water and swimming to safety.
Following the incident, troops are reported to have mobilised to the area, asking residents to produce the perpetrators. UNCONFIRMED multiple sources have reported that angry soldiers burned some houses in the area due to residents’ inability to identify the suspects.
It is reported the soldiers were escorting the barge from Port Harcourt in Rivers State to Warri in Delta State when it came under attack. No further information is available at present.
Source: PGI Ltd