Barely three weeks after an ambush on a military houseboat that killed two in Southern Ijaw creeks in Bayelsa State, suspected militants have attacked a tugboat in the same area and killed three crew members.
Suspected Niger Delta militants had on August 28 ambushed a houseboat operated by the Joint Task Force and killed a soldier and a civilian crew member.
An oil services vessel with a combined team of security escort on board and civilians was attacked on Friday by suspected sea pirates at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa.
Two of the victims of the incident which occurred on Friday were security escorts and a civilian crew member of the tugboat towing a vessel.
Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said one police official was still missing as his remains had not been recovered.
Butswat said a response team dispatched to the crime scene rescued eight occupants of the ill-fated boat while efforts were underway to arrest the armed men.
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