Three suspected kidnappers were killed in an exchange of fire with a vigilante group at lallami village in Bali local government area of Taraba state Sunday night.
The suspected kidnappers, according to people from the area, invaded the village in an attempt to abduct a businessman, Alhaji Yahaya Lallami.
Daily Trust gathered that an alarm raised from the house of the businessman attracted the vigilante members who were on patrol in the village.
A witness, Mallam Musa Lallami told Daily Trust on telephone that the abductors numbering about 10 came to the village midnight and went straight to the house of the businessman.
He further revealed that the abductors, while trying to force their way into the house, attracted the attention of neighbours who raised alarm.
The witness said immediately the abductors who were well armed saw the members of the vigilante approaching the house, they opened fire.
Mallam Musa said it was during the exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the vigilante that three of the abductors were killed while the others fled.