Four people have been confirmed killed by stray bullets in a gun battle between troops of the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (ODS) and suspected militants in Oluasiri community in Nembe LGA of Bayelsa state.
Already there is palpable tension in the area as the people of Oluasiri have cried out over what they called the invasion of the community and killing of its people by the military between Thursday and Friday.
Sources in the community said a six-month-old baby, her mother and two others were confirmed dead, while many others were also confirmed to be in critical condition with various degrees of injuries.
Security sources explained that the operation was launched to dislodge suspected militants and sea pirates hiding in the community but the military troops were attacked by the suspected militants leading to a gun duel.
A member of the community stated that some suspected sea pirates and militants had forcefully been residing within the community and some people had to invite the military to dislodge them.
The Oluasiri community in a statement described as “reckless and nefarious” the wanton invasion of Ben-Ama and Tengele-Ama by the military.