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Army, again, loses 5 soldiers to gunmen in Rivers

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Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian Army on Monday allegedly lost another five soldiers to unknown gunmen at Abua in Abua/Odual local government area of Rivers state.

This is less than 48 hours after some soldiers and policemen, numbering about nine, were killed at the weekend at security checkpoints at Omagwa and Isiokpo, in Ikwerre local government area.

Monday’s attack was allegedly carried out by another set of gunmen.

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The gunmen, it was gathered attacked the soldiers guarding the workers of an oil company operating in Omelema community on Monday morning, abducting the oil workers.

Details surrounding the attack were still sketchy at the filing this report but residents of the area said the gunmen ambushed the company’s vehicle conveying them to a flow station in the community saying that out of the six soldiers on the escort, four were killed and two wounded.

Recall that gunmen had, on Saturday night, attacked several security checkpoints in Isiokpo and Omagwa, killing about nine soldiers, police and customs officers.

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Efforts to get the reactions of the Army 6 Division on the incident could not yield any result and result as text messages to the Army Public Relations Officer APRO, went unanswered as at the time of filling this report.

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