Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three soldiers and one civilian were feared dead after the boat in which they were travelling was attacked by suspected militants along the Nembe Creek in Bayelsa state in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region, military sources said Saturday.
The Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Bayelsa, Lt.
Chris Musa, told newsmen in Yenagoa that the soldiers were returning from Brass, which hosts a military base and several oil facilities, to the Bayelsa capital (Yenagoa) when their boat was ambushed.
He said the bodies of the soldiers and the civilian had yet to be found.
The attack came a few days after suspected militants attacked a house boat in nearby Rivers state, causing a gun fight in which five persons, including a navy soldier, were killed.
Bayelsa is the home base of the region's largest militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), which last Saturday called off its unilateral ceasefire to protest Britain's offer of military support to the Nigerian government to battle the gunmen in the oil region.