Militants, suspected to be members of the Niger Delta Avengers, on Friday morning, attacked and destroyed pipelines belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Bayelsa State.
The militants reportedly struck at between 3am and 5am and blew up Nembe 1, 2, 3 and Tebedaba Brass trunkline in Bayelsa.
They were said to have arrived the affected areas on speedboats with two double 200 horsepower engines.
The militants, it was learnt, allegedly engaged the operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, in a gun battle when they tried to stop them.
The attacks were said to have occurred at Goulubukori manifold in Nembe and Lagosgbene pipeline in Southern Ijaw near Ekeremor area of Bayelsa.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a speedboat operated by NSCDC tried to dislodge the militants to save the pipelines.
“The NSCDC engaged the saboteurs in a gun battle. There was a heavy exchange of gunfire between them. But the militants were heavily armed and many in number. They ensured that they destroyed the pipelines before leaving,” the source said.