At least two soldiers died in an encounter with sea robbers in Ijawkiri area of Rivers State.
A statement by spokesman to Operation Delta Safe, Abubakar Abdullahi, said three soldiers sustained injuries in the gun duel.
“In continuation of its drive to accomplish its mandate, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE on patrol around Iyalama Adama axis of Rivers State, yesterday discovered and destroyed 13 illegal refineries. However, no arrest was made.
“Sadly, our troops deployed at Creek 6 Houseboat Cawthorne Channel while responding to a distress call of sea robbers attack around Ijawkiri general area engaged heavily armed sea robbers.
“Unfortunately, 2 gallant soldiers exhibited highest point of patriotism by paying the supreme price, while 3 others sustained gunshot injuries. Effort is ongoing by the JTF to track and apprehend the criminals,” Mr Abdullahi, a major, said.