Two hoodlums and a policeman lost their lives during a shootout at new Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa state on Monday.
A group of armed suspected pirates were said to have opened fire on a police patrol team, killing one of the officers and losing two of their gang members in the ensued fire exchange with the police.
The incident, it was learned, occurred at about 4.10pm, close to Obioma Bridge on Ogbia stretch of the road in Ogbia Local Government Area.
While the deceased policeman was identified as a sergeant, the identity of the dead hoodlums could not be immediately ascertained as their bodies were reportedly taken away by their gang members.
An account had it about 10 armed men came from the river and laid siege to Obioma Bridge, dispossessing commuters of valuables and cash, when the police patrol team, Operation Doo Akpo, responded to a distress call.