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Troops avert attacks on oil pipelines in Bayelsa

30 May 2016, 10:03

Yenagoa - The attack was averted by the troops on patrol of areas around Brass in Bayelsa.

According to Vanguard, The Nigerian Army says its troops on Sunday averted attacks on oil pipelines located at Gulobokri and Eweleso communities in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

According to The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, the patrol team had an encounter with some armed militants in two speed boats with intent to blow up the Nigerian Agip Oil Company pipeline at Gulobokri.

Usman: “The 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".

Also read: Militants strike major pipeline in Niger delta

The casualty figure on militants could not be ascertained as it was raining heavily adding that the raging storm could not allow troops to go on in pursuit of the escaping criminals, All Africa reported.

Usman added, troops would continue to intensify patrols to further halt planned attacks.

- News24 Nigeria


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