LAGOS, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Police in Kogi, a central state of Nigeria, killed two suspected kidnappers in a shootout on a highway, authorities said Wednesday.
The police repelled what would have been another circle of kidnapping attack by the gang members who were in military uniform on the Ajaokuta road, Onogwu Muhammed, a spokesperson to the state governor of Kogi, said in a statement.
The team of policemen also recovered arms, money, phones, bank ATM cards, and other valuables from the criminals, according to the statement.
"The alleged criminals numbering five had blocked the road stopping vehicles until the men of the Anti-Crime Patrol team swooped on them and engaged them in a fierce gun battle," Muhammed said.
"Two of the criminals were killed as three others escaped into the bush with gunshot injuries," he said.
According to him, the police teams are on the trail of the fleeing suspected kidnappers, combing bush areas around the incident location.