Three soldiers, Monday, lost their lives after suspected militants attacked the location of the newly-activated Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, in Bayelsa State.
The incident occurred around 9.30am at Tombi Jetty, Ogolomabiri in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the militants also carted away military gunboats, rifles and other ammunition, after an ambush on the operatives stationed at a checkpoint.
It was reported that sporadic gunshots, which were fired during the surprised attack, unsettled the community for about 30 minutes.
Subsequently, the gunmen invaded the military zone with unspecified number of speedboats, dressed in white uniform to deceive their targets of their real intentions.
Their immaculate white dresses, it was learnt, were designed to create an impression that they were members of a white garment church on a funeral procession.
A resident of Nembe, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was widespread fear in the community.
The source said, “The attack was deadly and well planned. Nobody had expected that such a thing would happen at such a time when the jetties were busy with people preparing to go about their businesses.
“I am sure even the soldiers did not expect such an incident to happen at that time. Some persons who were already sailing out of Nembe said they saw the gunmen but thought they were mourners because of the way they dressed.”