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Gunmen kill two policemen, one NSCDC operative in Bayelsa

Gunmen , suspected to be sea pirates, have murdered two policemen and an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Bayelsa State.

The incident reportedly occurred on Friday night on the Ekebiri waterways of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state .

The sea pirates, it was learnt, lay in wait in a concealed position in Ekebiri creek and opened fire on sighting the patrol team comprising policemen and civil defenders .

The victims, who were said to be members of an anti -vandals’ team, were reportedly on a routine patrol when the gunmen attacked them .

The gunmen were said to have snatched the rifles of their victims, whose bodies were later recovered by divers .

The deceased NSCDC personnel identified as Sango Potipher, was said to be an indigene of Okpotuari community of Southern Ijaw.

Sources said the security operatives were patrolling the Tebidaba Flow Station when they came under the surprise attack about 7 pm.

A top security source from the community , who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, “ While on patrol at Tebidaba area in Southern Ijaw, the combined team of NSCDC was ambushed.

“ There was a fierce gun battle between the security operatives and the gunmen. But a personnel of the NSCDC was killed while two policemen were killed . The rifles of the victims were carted away by the hoodlums . ”

The source also said that some other security operatives sustained injuries during the attack .

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