Suspected pirates have attacked an oil barge along the waterways of Lutegbene, Ekeremor Local Government Area in Bayelsa State
The incident,that happened on Sunday night, reportedly unsettled the community as troops were said to have mobilised to the area, asking residents to produce the perpetrators.
Some sources, that also confirmed the development, said angry soldiers had started burning some houses in the area due to the inability of residents to identify the suspects.
It was gathered that they killed four soldiers escorting the barge and two civilians.
Others in the vessel were said to have escaped with gunshot wounds by diving into the water and swimming to safety.
A source from the council, who spoke in confidence, said “The soldiers were escorting a barge when gunmen on a speedboat attacked and opened fire on them. They killed four soldiers and two civilians. Others were injured.
“As I am talking to you, soldiers are burning houses in the area because they asked the residents to produce the killers.”
The allegation of soldiers burning houses could not be confirmed as at the time of filing this report.