BREAKING: Troops, N'Delta Avengers In Gun Duel At Bayelsa; Militants Flee, Many Injured
Many militants, suspected to be the notorious Niger Delta Avengers who has been blowing up NNPC pipelines, and a personnel of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Nigerian troop sustained gunshot wounds as the troops and the militants engaged each other in gun duel at the general area of Gulobokri and Eweleso, around Brass area in Bayelsa State.

The Nigeria Army Headquarters in a statement released this afternoon said the troops were able to repel the militants attempt to blow up another pipeline in the area early this morning.

Excerpts from the statement reads; 

"Today, 29th May 2016 in the early hours of morning, 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."

"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. No casualty on the patrol team."

"Unfortunately, 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"

"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. No casualty on the patrol team. Unfortunately, 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"

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