SUSPECTED PIRATES AMBUSH OIL BARGE IN THE NIGER DELTA, 2 JTF SOLDIERS FEARED KILLED IN GUNFIGHT; JTF DEPLOY 5 GUNBOATS IN SEARCH FOR CULPRITS

JTF amphibious forces

JTF amphibious forces in a battle-scarred gunboat soldier on in the Niger Delta regardless

THISDAY
6 February, 2013

Four persons, including two soldiers, a retired naval officer and the pilot of an oceangoing tugboat were yesterday killed during a gun battle between men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and pirates in Bayelsa State. The pirates were said to have ambushed the barge they were escorting along the River Forcados at Angiama community in the state.

The spokesman for the JTF in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident Tuesday. THISDAY gathered that in the ensuing battle, two other soldiers sustained serious injuries, while three of the pirates also sustained serious injuries even as they were dragged away by their colleagues when they made good their escape. One of the boat personnel was declared missing.

The military could not give immediate reasons for the attack as the tugboat and the barge which they were escorting were said to be empty at the time of the attack. The boat was said to belong to an oil servicing company, Sterling Global Oil Services Limited and had set sail from Warri and headed for Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital when it was attacked. The military men were said to have run into an ambush mounted by suspected sea pirates along the Angiama-Etelibiri waterways of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Following the attack, the JTF yesterday deployed five gunboats in a desperate move to apprehend the killers even as security alert was heightened in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Said Nwachukwu: “I can confirm that some of our troops on board a Sterling Global Oil Resources Limited tugboat ran into an ambush along the Angiama- Etelibiri waterways of Sagbama Local Government Area of the state today;there was a shoot-out between the unknown gunmen and our troops. Two of our men lost their lives and two other civilians were injured.”

Nwachukwu also confirmed the fatal injuries to three of the unidentified gunmen and the deployment of troops to the area and were on the trail of the unidentified gunmen.

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2 Responses to SUSPECTED PIRATES AMBUSH OIL BARGE IN THE NIGER DELTA, 2 JTF SOLDIERS FEARED KILLED IN GUNFIGHT; JTF DEPLOY 5 GUNBOATS IN SEARCH FOR CULPRITS

  1. jimmy says:

    Such a shame some people are just thieves period.

  2. Eeben says:

    Whenever I read of the men who gave their lives in the service of their countries and their people, I cannot help but reflect on the words penned by Lawrence Binyon in his poem “For The Fallen”:

    “They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
    Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
    They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
    They fell with their faces to the foe.

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
    Age shall not wither them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them”.

    Rest in peace Young Lions.

    Eeben

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