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.

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.

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

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

Source: Vanguard