Militant group claims killing 15 cops in Nigeria`s south
Abuja: A statement purportedly by militant group MEND has claimed an attack on security forces in Nigeria`s oil-rich southern region, killing at least 15 police officers.
The claim came on Sunday, a day after the Nigerian police had declared 12 of its men missing in Bayelsa state after some militants had attacked them in the oil-rich region of the southern part of the country.
Bayelsa state police spokesman Alex Akhigbe had said the officers boat had developed some faults before they were ambushed in Azazuma village.
But the statement said they killed 15 policemen in a gun duel and that two of the militants also died.
Recently, MEND had threatened to resume attacks after many months.
However, some former militants in the delta region have said the statements credited to MEND were false but coming from criminal gangs.
The statement had accused the Nigerian government of giving false evidence that led to the jailing of MEND leader, Henry Okah, in South Africa.
MEND is one of several groups that have carried out attacks in the Niger Delta claiming the region needs to control its oil resources.
Some groups accepted an amnesty offer by the government but MEND rejected it.
Okah was found guilty of bombing Nigeria`s capital, Abuja in 2010 and killing not less than 10 persons.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: Analysing the importance of Hindi language in our society
- DNA: Analysis of the letter written by defence minister to Kolkata CM?
- DNA: Is political system root cause of corruption in the country?
- IT raids Delhi's Axis bank branch, finds Rs 100 cr deposited in 44 fake accounts
- Panel discussion over why opposition stopped PM Modi from speaking?
- PoK erupts with 'azadi' slogans; Pakistan Army brutally thrashes protesters
- Kapil Sharma is sweating it out! See pics
- This happens only in Pakistan? You won't believe what this boy did in front of his lady teacher - WATCH
- Virat Kohli makes fun of Alastair Cook after England exhaust both DRS wrongly, watch video
- Unseen Video: On Yuvraj Singh, Hazel Keech's wedding reception, MS Dhoni greets couple with a hug