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Pirates feared killed in gun battle with police

July 24th 2014
Undisclosed number of pirates were feared killed on Wednesday in a gun battle with police in Bayelsa State.

It was learnt that pirates numbering five had attacked the policemen guarding Gbarain oil rig in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

The pirates were said to have stormed the rig owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company but operated by Lone Star Drilling Company about 2am on Wednesday.

A community source, who gave his name only as Preye, said as soon as the suspected pirates approached the Shell facility, they opened fire.

Preye said the pirates had thought the policemen guarding the rig might have slept.

He said their main target was to remove the weapons attached to a gunboat used for protecting the rig.
The source, however, said the policemen on duty, who had taken strategic positions, fired a volley of bullets and they were repelled.

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Source: http://www.punchng.com