Gunmen have killed a policeman, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and a civilian in Bayelsa State.
The assailants, suspected to be sea pirates were said to have attacked an oil vessel conveying a team of security officials and civilians in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat confirmed the attack in a statement.
He said a Tugboat, towing a Barge with a combined team of policemen from the Nigerian Inland waterways, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp and civilians onboard were attacked by suspected sea pirates at Ekebiri Waterways.
Mr. Butswat said a reinforced team arrived shortly and rescued a policeman, three NSCDC personnel and four civilians while another personnel of the Police Command is missing.
The Police Image maker said all security operatives in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area have been alerted and efforts are ongoing to arrest the culprits.