Gunmen attack convoy, kill four soldiers, two drivers, abduct two expatriates - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Gunmen attack convoy, kill four soldiers, two drivers, abduct two expatriates


Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday ambushed a convoy of Daewoo E&C Nigeria Limited Workers killing four soldiers in the escort team and two of the company drivers.

The convoy was attacked around Ahoada axis along the East-West road in Rivers State.

The gunmen also abducted two expatriates; Korean workers who were among the team being escorted to work in Abua area of River State.

It was gathered that the incident, which occured around 9.30am, caused fear along the East-West road as travellers were left stranded for hours.

A source, privy to the development, said the suspected kidnappers ambushed the team of expatriates being escorted by troops of 5 Battalion along road Ahoada/Obua.

The sourced said, "during the attack, the assailants opened fire on the convoy killing four soldiers and two civilians' drivers and subsequently abducted two Koreans in the process.

"Details are still sketchy but efforts are ongoing to get more details from the units. Further details will be forwarded as soon as possible."

However, the 6 Division of Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, has confirmed the killing of its four personnel, noting that the act was carried out by suspected militants.

The Acting Deputy Director 6 Division Army Public Relations, Major Jonah Danjuma, in a statement in Port Harcourt, noted that the militants killed four of its men, two drivers and abducted two foreigners.

Danjuma disclosed that the military has commenced efforts to track down the culprits, noting efforts are also on to secure the unconditional freedom for the two abducted workers.

He said: “Troops of 5 Battalion on routine escort duty for an oil servicing company at Enweh West manifold, Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State were attacked by suspected militants, at Emesu junction, along Amungboro -Emuphan road. Unfortunately, 4 soldiers were killed in action, with 2 other oil workers unaccounted for. 

“The suspects allegedly escaped through the Emesu waterside, using Orashi River. Troops are currently combing the general area to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act. Additionally, efforts are ongoing to ensure that the unaccounted oil workers are found.

“The General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army/ Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South-South, Operation DELTA SAFE, Major General Jamal Abdussalam, while acknowledging the supreme sacrifice paid by the gallant soldiers, strongly condenmed this unwarranted attack. 

He reassured that efforts are ongoing to track down these criminals to pay for their crimes. Consequently, members of the general public are kindly requested to provide credible and actionable intelligence that could lead to the arrest of these criminals.”

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