Suspected militants have killed four marine policemen and seized their boat in Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Council of Rivers State. The policemen were on routine patrol on Sunday when the gunmen struck.
Militants were linked to the attacks on Monday when the body of one of the officers was recovered at sea. The body had several gunshot wounds. The bodies of the three other policemen were also recovered at sea yesterday.
The incident comes amid ongoing crackdown on agitators by the Nigerian army.
Sources said the police personnel, aboard a gunboat, were attacked shortly after they left Abonnema jetty. Another police gunboat that left the jetty alongside the ill-fated one has since returned to base.
As at press time, the whereabouts of the gunboat in which the slain policemen had been remained unknown.
Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanyo, and Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Omoni Nnamdi, could not be reached for comments.
Source: The Guardian