Seven pirates attacked a Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) tugboat today in the firm's oil fields in Bayelsa State, abducting the captain and engineer.

The tugboat, with six crew members, was coming from Port Harcourt to Brass to load crude at the terminal.  The four others on board had their valuables taken.

The attack comes at a time of rising insecurity in the Niger Delta region.

A security officer not authorized to speak for company said, "Nobody knows their whereabouts."  

But he added the incident happened at Peter's town in Nembe Local Government area, Bayelsa.

 
In a related story, another gang of pirates attacked a passenger boat on Sunday afternoon.  

The pirates took passengers' valuables and to immobilize the boat removed its engine.

The passengers were returning to Akassa after attending a church service in Twon Brass, Brass Local Government Area of the state.  
 
One source told SaharaReporters, "the waterways of the Bayelsa have remained volatile. It is no longer safe for people to travel. The security operatives especially the Navy and the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield seem clueless. They don't know what to do."
 
Saharareporters contacted the Navy and the Joint Task Force.  JTF media coordinator, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said he had yet to be briefed on the incident.
 

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