Four suspected kidnappers have been killed by men of the Edo State Police Command during a shootout.
The police operatives were said to have ran into an ambush by the kidnappers while two suspects in their custody were taking them to their armoury at a bush after Ogba River in Oredo local government area.
Police sources said members of the gang attacked the policemen and the police returned fire which led to the killing of the four suspects while others who fled in standby in a boat stationed on the river.
The source said the suspected kidnappers were preparing to kidnap a wealthy individual when the police encountered them on Tuesday morning.
Edo Police Commissioner, Danmallam Muhammed, who confirmed the incident said it would have been a tragedy if his men were not at alert when they ran into the ambush.
He said, “It is not a case of gunning down the kidnappers. The police officers were ambushed but our men were at alert and responded quickly and swiftly.
“Four of the kidnappers were killed in the course of the attack while others escaped with gunshot injuries.
“Our men were at alert otherwise it would have been a different story on our part”.