Chadian soldiers drive near the front line during battle against insurgent group Boko Haram in Gambaru, February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun
Just 24 hours after the rescue of a soldier abducted by suspected pirates, another gang of heavily armed kidnappers on Tuesday [Apr 5] killed a soldier and abducted two expatriates along Ogbia – Nembe Road, Bayelsa State.
The police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Butswat confirmed the kidnap of the two expatriates, but added that he had not received any report of the killing of the soldier.
"I am aware that the expatriates were kidnapped, but I can’t say whether any soldier was killed during the exchange of gunfire", Butswat said last night.
THISDAY learnt that one of the soldiers attempted to resist the plan by the hoodlums to forcibly take away the expatriates, a development that resulted in the exchange of gunfire.
One of the abducted expatriates during the operation was a Lebanese construction worker identified as Ramzi Bau Hadir, aged 53 years.