Abuja - Military operation "Crocodile Smile"suffered a major loss on Monday after four soldiers drowned during a boast accident in Bayelsa State, Punch reports.
Though the mission during which the accident occurred could not be ascertained, it is believed that connections to militants and piracy could not be completely ruled out.
An eyewitness, identified only as Etta, claimed to have attempted to save the drowning soldiers but to no avail.
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"In recent times, we have been noticing increased movement of soldiers in our area. The boat that capsized was conveying a new batch of soldiers to the waterfront.
"I was going to dispose of refuse at the waterfront and I saw uniformed soldiers struggling to rescue their colleagues in a capsized boat" Etta stated.
Lyyod Sese, Chairman of the Maritime Union, confirmed the development, claiming that the union had yet to receive a report on the boat accident, Sun News Online reports.
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