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Niger Delta  Militants kill 3 soldiers, steal gunboats in Bayelsa

The militants were all dressed in white, pretending to be mourners returning from a burial.

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Residents of the Nembe community were thrown into panic when they heard the exchange of gunfire between militants and the military on Moday, August 8, 2016.

Punch reports that suspected militants killed three soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force team code-named Operation Delta Safe, in Bayelsa State.

The attack, which occurred around 9:30 am reportedly took the soldiers by surprise.

Reports also say the incident happened around Tombi Jetty in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.

Channels Television reports that the militants were all dressed in white, pretending to be mourners returning from a burial.

According to an eyewitness, “The attack was deadly and well planned. Nobody had expected that such a thing would happen at such a time when the jetties were busy with people preparing to go about their businesses.

“I am sure even the soldiers did not expect such an incident to happen at that time. Some persons who were already sailing out of Nembe said they saw the gunmen but thought they were mourners because of the way they dressed.”

The militants also made away with gunboats and weapons belonging to the military.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) reportedly blamed the operations of the militants in the Niger Delta for the massive loss which it recordedin the month of June, 2016.

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