An oil barge along the waterways of Lutegbene, Ekeremor local government area in Bayelsa state was on Sunday night, attacked by unknown gunmen suspected to be pirates.
According to reports, the gunmen killed two civilians and four soldiers escorting the barge.
It was also gathered that the soldiers were escorting the barge from Port Harcourt in Rivers State to Warri, in Delta State, when it came under attack.
Other people in the ill-fated vessel were said to have escaped with gunshot wounds by diving into the water and swimming to safety.
A source from the council revealed that angry soldiers had started burning some houses in the area following failures by the residents to identify the suspects.