Six suspected kidnappers have been shot dead by operatives of Edo State Police Command, while whisking away passengers of an 18 – seater bus traveling from Lagos to the East.
All the passengers who would have been victims were rescued unhurt by the police operatives.
The incident occurred while conducting investigation activities along Benin/Lagos bypass.
A statement by the Command’s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello said;
“Operatives of the Edo State Police Command while on investigation activities along Benin/Lagos bypass, neutralized six (6) suspected kidnappers who are believed to be part of the notorious gang terrorizing the ever busy Benin/Lagos express way and environs.
“Luck ran out on the suspected kidnappers while trying to whisk away passengers of an 18 seater bus they intercepted travelling from Lagos to the East.
“The team of operatives on sighting the suspected kidnappers, engaged them in a gun duel.
“The superior fire power of the team of police operatives injured six (6) of them and were subsequently arrested, taken to the hospital but confirmed dead by the medical practitioner on duty, while others fled in different directions with various degrees of bullet injuries.
“All the passengers onboard were rescued unhurt, profiled and asked to continue their journey,” the statement said, adding that bush combing is ongoing to arrest other fleeing gang members.