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Pirate attack and kidnap oil worker in Bayelsa

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Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates yesterday attacked two tugboats
operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC). The attackers
also kidnapped the captains of the boats.
A source told edujandon.blogspot.com that the incident occurred around
1.30 a.m. on Wednesday. A security source added that the attacks
occurred at Peter’s town in Nembe Local Government Area of
Bayelsa. The tugboats were reportedly in transit from Nembe to
Port Harcourt when they came under attack.
The event led to intensified security patrols by the marine division of
the Nigerian police and the Joint Military Task Force known as
“Operation Pulo Shield.”
The attacked tugboats were identified as MV Ebizar and MV
Smoke, but the identity and nationals of the kidnapped crew members
could not be immediately ascertained.
“The gunmen took [the captives] to an unknown place. Nobody knows
their whereabouts,” a security source told our correspondent.
The JTF’s media coordinator, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu,
confirmed the attack. He stated that JTF troops had been placed on
red alert to trail the abductors of the sailors.

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