The Nigerian army on Thursday announced that militants have attacked a boat belonging to Nigeria’s state oil firm NNPC in the Niger Delta on Wednesday, killing at least six people.
“During the deliberate attack two soldiers were killed, one wounded, one soldier missing while four civilian staff attached to the house boat were shot dead,” the army said in a statement.
Killing of sleeping soldiers is not our style. We promise the world that in this process of liberating our people, not a single blood of Nigeria soldiers will be wasted despite the provocation.
The military did not state which militant group was behind the killing yet later on Thursday night, Niger Delta Avengers released a statement on their website denying involvement in the attack.
WE didn't attack any Military houseboat https://t.co/gc73m4eKBx— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) June 2, 2016
“Killing of sleeping soldiers is not our style. We promise the world that in this process of liberating our people, not a single blood of Nigeria soldiers will be wasted despite the provocation,” the statement signed by the spokesperson of the group, Brid.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, said.
They emphasized that their war is on oil installations while advising other groups that they can fight without killing and their group has proved it.
“We were able to drop Nigeria oil production from 2 million barrels to just 800,000 barrels without killing a soul, the statement said warning other groups to follow their footsteps.
The Niger Delta Avengers assured the bereaved families that they will bring the culprits to book.