Four suspected kidnappers have been killed by police operatives of the Anambra and Delta State commands in different encounters.

Three of the suspects were killed at Umunede community, Ika North-East Local Government Area Delta State.

The State Command in a statement by its Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bright Edafe, said its Rapid Response Squad was driving in a Space bus on Sunday, while on undercover anti-crime patrol along Asaba/Benin expressway when Five armed hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers emerged from the bush around Umunede.

According to the statement, the suspects “fired gunshots at the Space bus in an attempt to rob and possibly kidnap the occupants but unknown to them that the occupants were undercover police operatives.

“The team smartly disembarked from the vehicle and returned fire. The armed hoodlums realizing that their potential victims were policemen ran into the bush.

However, the team went into a fierce gun battle with the hoodlums during which three members of the gang were fatally wounded, and one fabricated Revolver pistol, six 7.62mm live ammunition, and four expended 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from them.

He further stated that the injured hoodlums were taken to the hospital, but died while receiving treatment. “Manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.”


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