Read the Official Army report about the attack:
At about 11 am today Thursday 17 March 16, troops on patrol in Abonemma, Akukutoru LGA of Rivers State had a fierce encounter with a group of unknown gunmen suspected to be sea pirates.
Our men displayed extraordinary gallantry during the encounter.
Unfortunately, an officer and a soldier who sustained various degree of injury lost their lives.
We are in pursuit of the criminals and we will surely get them.
All law abiding citizens are urged to remain calm and go about their lawful activities.
The army will continue to make necessary sacrifices to ensure sustainable peace and security of lives and property of everyone in the state.
3. Kindly disseminate to the public through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation.
Eli Lazarus [Captain]
Assistant Director Army Public Relations
2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt
A serving Major in the Nigerian Army and three soldiers have been reported killed in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru LGA, Rivers state this afternoon by unknown gunmen.
The details of the killing remain sketchy at the time of this report.
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