Abuja - The military has killed an
unspecified number of alleged pipeline vandals in the Bayelsa State.
It has intensified its operations on the back of the rise
in such crimes in the region.
The uniformed forces’ 343 Artillery Regiment of 2
Brigade, 82 Division have been carrying the operations at the general area of
Gulobokri and Eweleso around Brass area.
During the exercise, the patrol team had an encounter
with some armed militants in two Speed boats with intent to blow up Nigerian
Agip Oil Company pipeline at Gulobokri.
The suspected vandals opened fire on the patrol team but
troops responded with overwhelming superior firepower and as a result, the
suspected criminals sped off from the area with many of them sustaining gunshot
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There was no casualty on the patrol team but a personnel
of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps attached to the team sustained
He has since been evacuated and is in a stable condition.
In a related development, another patrol team of the same
unit of 82 Division Nigerian Army, on patrol to Perigbene House Boat (HB) also
encountered 3 Speed boats suspected to be containing militants about to attack
another critical infrastructure in the area.
The troops opened fire on them, killing most of them and
“However, the casualty on militants cannot be ascertained
as it was raining heavily and the raging storm could not allow troops to go on
pursuit of the escaping criminals,” said Army spokesperson, Sani Usman.
He said a mop up operation had been organised
for those militants that escaped with gunshot wounds and injuries as they may
be receiving treatment in the neighbouring communities.
- CAJ News