MEND Claims Responsibility For Niger Delta Attack…Says 15 Security Personnel Killed
The group in a statement Sunday said the attack is in response to security forces dismissal as “empty threat” its promise to resume sustained attacks codenamed “Hurricane Exodus” on oil facilities in the region.
“For dismissing “Hurricane Exodus”, heavily armed fighters from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D), at about 17:00 Hrs., Saturday 06, April 2013, intercepted and engaged government security forces in a fierce gunfight lasting over forty (40) minutes at Azuzama, Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.”, Spokesperson of the group, Jomo Gbomo said.
He said the attack left over fifteen (15) security forces dead, while the movement also two of its fighters in the battle.
While warning all oil companies and the public to ignore the false sense of security been peddled by the JTF as well as the false comments from a “Comrade Azizi”, who claims to be the spokesman for the group, MEND said it hope the encounter will serve as a lesson to the Joint Task Force (JTF) from making careless utterances that cannot be backed as it remains resolute in the resumption of hostilities, Gbomo said.
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