This is contained in a statement issued by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
This statement revealed that the incident occurred when the troops of the 133 Special Forces of the Army carried out precursor operation to exercise `Crocodile Smile’ in Rivers.
“The 133 Special Forces Battalion of the Nigerian Army have carried out a precursor operation to Exercise CROCODILE SMILE aimed at getting rid of all forms of criminal activities in the Niger Delta geo-political region of Nigeria.
“In the course of the operation, five militants that attacked the troops were killed in action, while numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested.
“The operations which was conducted yesterday 26th August 2016, was carried out by the Special Forces at the militants camps.
“Items recovered from the camps include two AK-47 rifles, 11 Pump Action guns, a locally made revolver pistol, 292 cartridges of live Ammunition, 199 rounds of AK-47 rifle Ammunition, four electricity generating sets and a camp gas cooker.
“The troops also recovered an abandoned engine boat left by the fleeing criminals.”