Nigerian forces have killed seven militants and pirates suspected to be responsible for unrest in the country’s oil-producing region, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
The suspects — five militants and two pirates — were shot dead in various military operations carried out since Monday in the oil-producing Cross River State, added Thomas Osuji, spokesman for the military Joint Task Force.
He, told Xinhua that three other suspects were being held by the government forces.
One of the military operations led to the rescue of some kidnapped victims from a boat in the Bakassi district of the state, Osuji added.
The Nigerian government has deployed the military Joint Task Force to restore safety in the restive oil-producing region, as more young men there take up arms to sabotage oil production and undermine the government’s efforts.
The troops said they had intensified patrols of the creeks in the Niger Delta and urged the public to support the military by providing timely information.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.