Police Under Pirates Fire, Four Killed, Six Kidnapped

Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates launched another attack on Nigerian Agip Oil Company-owned barges, on Saturday, after a similar incident on Friday. The pirates attacked the escort gunboat along Nembe waterways in Bayelsa, overpowered the policemen in it, and abducted four of them and six oil works. Without any official statement yet, Saharareporters quoted a Joint TaskForce source as saying the gunboat and police arms, not the barges, were the targets of the attackers. The source was reported to have said another six persons were kidnapped at Oluasiri, also in Nembe, from a boat belonging to Icon Xearex, an oil servicing company, on Friday.

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