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JUST IN : Three kidnappers shot dead in gun-battle with police, army in Edo

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Security operatives comprising of police, army and vigilante men on Wednesday shot three kidnappers dead along the Benin/Ekpoma road, in Edo State.

The incident occurred by Okwo, in Ehor, Uhunmwode local government area of the State.

The rampaging kidnappers had reportedly taken over the ever busy highway on Tuesday morning, but were driven into the forest by security operatives who engaged them in gun-6battle.

Travellers plying the road were held for several hours while the security operatives engaged the hoodlums.

It was gathered that an unidentified young man who was driving a Lexus SUV was hit by stray bullet on his shoulder.

The undeterred gunmen, however, appeared on the highway Wednesday morning, laying ambush for travellers plying the road.

A combined security operatives again came to the rescue of the motorists, as they engaged the hoodlums.

The hoodlums, however, succumbed to the superior power of the security men who neutralized three of them, while others escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries.

The State Police Command’s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, has confirmed the incident to our Correspondent in a phone interview.

“It’s true sir, it happened yesterday [Tuesday] at 0620hrs, Okwo in Ehor area, but the combined team of the police and the military foiled the attempt, nobody was kidnapped, one person, a young man driving Lexus 350 was hit in his car in his shoulder.

“Meanwhile today (Wednesday), the hoodlums came out again and three of them were gun down by the combined team of the police, military and vigilante. Edo must be safe,” Bello said.

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