AGAIN, Col. Usman said troops
of 343 Artillery Regiment of
2 Brigade, 82 Division of the
Nigerian Army, carried out
patrol within the general area of
Gulobokri and Eweleso, around
Brass area in Bayelsa State in the
early hours of yesterday.
Col. Usman said in a statement
that, “During the exercise, the
patrol team had an encounter
with some armed militants in 2
Speed boats with intents to blow
up Nigerian Agip Oil Company,
NAOC pipeline at Gulobokri.
The suspected vandals opened
fire on the patrol team. 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 while there was no
casualty on the patrol team.
The statement said a personnel
of Nigerian Security and Civil
Defence Corps, NSCDC attached
to the team sustained gunshot
wound. He has since been
evacuated and he 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.
“A mop up operation has been
organized for those militants
that escaped with gunshot
wounds and injuries as they
may be receiving treatment in
the neighbouring communities.
With this development, troops
would continue to intensify
patrol in the general area to avert
further vandalisation or attacks
in the area”, the statement
declared.


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