Gunmen attack tugboats, kidnap 2 captains

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BY SAMUEL OYADONGHA

YENAGOA — Gunmen operating along the waterways of the Niger Delta have attacked two tugboats belonging to an oil company, Nigerian Agip Oil Company.

The gunmen were said to have abducted the captain of the two vessels during the attack that took place in the early hours of Wednesday.

The tugboats were identified as MV Ebizar and MV Smoke, but the identity of the victims could not be ascertained.

A security source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The captains on board both vessels were taken away to unknown place.”

The source said the incident occurred at an area known as Peter’s town in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The tugboats, it was learnt, were in transit from Nembe to Port Harcourt when they came under attack.

When contacted, the state police public relations officer, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, said he was yet to be briefed on the incidents.

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