Sea Pirates Kill 4 Soldies, Policeman In Bayelsa

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In this image made available by the Ministry of Defence in London, Wednesday June 3, 2009, sailors and Royal Marines from the Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland, intercept and board one of two pirate vessel during counter-piracy operations in coordination with a Spanish martime patrol aircraft, in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, Tuesday June 2, 2009. The two pirate vessels which were found to be carrying extra barrels of fuels, grappling hooks, and a cache of weapons including rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and ammunition, were subsequently sunk by gunfire.(AP Photo,Alex Cave, Royal Navy, ho) **EDITORIAL USE ONLY**

Armed men suspected to be sea pirates, Friday night, attacked a military checkpoint in Nembe, Bayelsa East senatorial district killing four soldiers and a policeman.

The incident occurred at about 11.30pm at the Nembe waterfront.

In this image made available by the Ministry of Defence in London, Wednesday June 3, 2009, sailors and Royal Marines from the Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland, intercept and board one of two pirate vessel during counter-piracy operations in coordination with a Spanish martime patrol aircraft, in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, Tuesday June 2, 2009. The two pirate vessels which were found to be carrying extra barrels of fuels, grappling hooks, and a cache of weapons including rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and ammunition, were subsequently sunk by gunfire.(AP Photo,Alex Cave, Royal Navy, ho) **EDITORIAL USE ONLY**

The hoodlums, believed to be in search of arms and ammunition, according to a security source launched the attack on the military checkpoint from land and water.

They reportedly stole rifles of the slain operatives as well as HP Guns and ammunition from the base before disappearing into the mangrove creek.

The authorities of the Joint Task Force and the state police command confirmed the incident.

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