Gunmen Kill Four Soldiers, Abduct Two Koreans in New Convoy Ambush in Rivers

Written by Benjamin Adewumi

In a shocking incident on Tuesday morning, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers ambushed a convoy of Daewoo workers along the Ahoada/Abua axis of the East-West Road in Rivers State. The assailants opened fire on the convoy, killing four soldiers and two drivers, and kidnapped two expatriate Korean workers.

The incident, which occurred at about 9:30 am, caused pandemonium along the East-West Road. The suspected kidnappers ambushed a team of expatriates being escorted by troops of the 5 Battalion of the Nigerian Army along the Ahoada-Obua Road in Rivers State.

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“During the attack, the assailants opened fire on the convoy killing four soldiers and two civilian drivers and subsequently abducted two Koreans in the process,” a security source confirmed.

The 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, confirmed the killing of its four personnel, noting that the act was carried out by suspected militants. The Acting Deputy Director, 6 Division, Army Public Relations, Major Jonah Danjuma, stated that the militants killed four of its men, and two drivers and abducted two foreigners.

Danjuma disclosed that the military had commenced efforts to track down the culprits, noting that efforts were also on to secure unconditional freedom for the two abducted workers.

“Troops of 5 Battalion on routine escort duty for an oil servicing company at Enweh West manifold, Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State were attacked by suspected militants at Emesu junction, along Amungboro-Emuphan road,” he said.

“Unfortunately, four soldiers were killed in action, with two other oil workers unaccounted for. The suspects allegedly escaped through the Emesu waterside, using the Orashi River. Troops are currently combing the general area to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” Danjuma added.

The General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army/ Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South-South, Operation DELTA Safe, Major General Jamal Abdussalam, while acknowledging the supreme sacrifice paid by the gallant soldiers, strongly condemned this unwarranted attack.

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