Two members of a robbery gang have been killed by the police in Edo state, during a gun duel on Sunday June 26.
The gun battle ensued after police officers were alerted about the invasion of a filling station off Murtala Mohamed way, Benin City, by armed robbers.
It was gathered that commander of the Crack Team immediately mobilised a team of police operatives and vigilante to the scene. The armed robbers were later successfully trailed to a different location where they were allegedly carrying out another armed robbery operation.
Upon sighting the team of security operatives, the robbers were said to have opened fire on them which led to a gun duel. Two of the armed robbers were killed during the gun battle, while others escaped with various degrees of bullet injuries.
The two suspected armed robbers were reportedly taken to the Police Cottage hospital in Benin city where they were confirmed dead by the doctor and their bodies deposited at the mortuary. Items recovered from them include; one locally made pistol and three live cartridges.
Efforts are ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.