Two die as Anambra police engages suspected kidnappers in gun battle

A police officer, Sergeant Mosses Jacob and a suspected kidnapper on Friday lost their lives in a gun battle in Anambra State.

Tribune Online gathered that a gang of suspected kidnappers engaged a police team, operation puff adder alongside a special anti-robbery squad of the state command in a gun battle along Abba-Ukwulu road in Dunokofia local government area of the state.

The dead gang member, whose identity is yet to be known was said to have ambushed the police officer, resulting in an exchange of gunfire.

Mr. Haruna Mohammed, the state police public relations officer, who confirmed in a statement stated that; on the 4/7/2019 at about 10:pm, following the kidnap incident of one Dr. Achugbu Pascal of NO 26 Ngozica housing estates Awka by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, Puff Adder operatives in conjunction with the Command Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) while on the trail of the suspects ran into ambush mounted by the gang along Abba /Ukulu road in Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State.

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He said the ambush led to a serious exchange of gunfire as a result of which F/NO.444849 SGT Moses Jacob attached to SARS sustained a bullet wound while one of the attackers whose identity is yet to be ascertained was fatally wounded during the encounter.

Both casualties were taken to the hospital for medical attention but were confirmed dead on arrival by the medical doctor and their remains deposited at the hospital morgue for autopsy.

Mohammed added that one of the suspects was arrested and effort is being intensified to rescue the victim still in captivity and the arrest of other fleeing perpetrators in order to bring them to Justice.

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