An oil worker with Italian energy firm Eni, has been killed by pirates along the Tarabaora creek in Bayelsa state.

The worker was on a boat belonging to the firm’s local subsidiary, Agip in the state, the military said on Friday.

“The boat conveying some staff of Agip was attacked by sea robbers and one of the staff of the company died when he was attempting to escape and drowned,” Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman for Nigeria’s military joint task force stated.

Nwachukwu also confirmed that two staff of the oil company went missing after the attack on the boat.

Pirates off the coast in the Niger delta, tend to raid ships for cash and cargo rather than hijacking the crews for ransom.