BENUE: Three armed bandits feared killed in gun battle with police

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The Benue State Police Command has confirmed the killing of no fewer than three armed Boko Haram bandits who were killed during a gun battle with men of the Nigeria Police Force.

The incident was confirmed on Thursday in a statement made available to newsmen by the state police spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, who said that the bandits were killed in a gun battle at Tomatar forest in Imande Ukusuu Mbacher Council ward of Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of the state.

According to DSP Anene, the corpses of the deceased who were confirmed dead by doctors, after the incident occurred on Wednesday April 28, 2021, have been deposited at Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

He also added in the statement that items recovered from them include two AK47 rifles loaded with 29 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, cutlasses, a bunch of substances suspected to be charms and knives.

Anene said; “On 28th April 2021 at about 0200hrs, an identified bandits camp at a forest in Tomatar Imande Ukusuu Mbacher Council ward,  Kastina-Ala Local Government Area was raided by operatives of Benue state Police command.

“During the operation, there was a prolonged exchange of gunfire between the police and bandits. Consequently, three of the bandits were arrested with bullet wounds while other suspects fled with injuries.

“The injured suspects were rushed to hospital but confirmed dead by the doctors. Corpses of the deceased have been deposited at Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi,” the statement concluded.

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