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Army intensifies efforts against Bayelsa vandals

30 May 2016, 14:21Augustine Osayande

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 wounds.

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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 gunshot wound.

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 injuring others.

“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


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