Two persons were on Monday shot dead by gunmen suspected to be pirates in an attack on a passenger ship along the Brass waterways in Bayelsa State.

Five persons were injured in the process.

The latest attack is the third of such incident in three weeks.

Three weeks ago, an ambush on a military houseboat led to two persons being killed in the Southern Ijaw creeks in the state.

Also, last Friday, suspected militants attacked a tugboat in the same area and killed three crew members, including a police officer.

Community sources said the gunmen numbering about four opened fire on the boat at Okoroma axis and killed two of the passengers, a young man and a middle-aged woman, injuring other passengers.

It was gathered that the passengers’ boat was moving from Yenagoa to Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area when the pirates struck.

The pirates also collected all valuables belonging to the passengers.

Asinim Butswat, Police Public Relations Officer for Bayelsa Command who said one police operative was still missing following Friday’s attack, however said that the report of Monday’s incident was yet to reach the command headquarters in Yenagoa.

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