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Gunmen Kill 13 Policemen In Bayelsa

Channels Television  
Updated April 7, 2013

13 policemen have been killed after suspected militants ambushed their boat in a creek at Zuzama in southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.

Three others including a police sergeant escaped death by swimming away to safety.

According to the commissioner of police in the state Kingsley Omire, the boat carrying the police officials was headed to a funeral when it developed engine fault.

It is still unclear if the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is responsible for the attack.

In an e-mail last week, the group had threatened to resume killings in the region following the jailing of its leader Henry Okah by a South African court.