Two solders, five militants killed in shootout
• Police gun down six robbery suspects
Two solders and five militants were killed in a gun battle, yesterday, in Omuanwa-Elele, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The spokesman of 2 Amphibious Brigade, Port Harcourt, Captain Eli Lazarus, however, denied any solder had been killed. He said two personnel suffered only injuries.
The police in the state also killed six robbery suspects in a shootout in Ihuike, along East West Road, Ahoada East Local Government Area.
Spokesperson and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Omoni Nnamdi, while parading the corpses at Command Headquarters, Port Harcourt, said the police received distress call of a robbery attack at 8.40pm, Saturday.
On sighting the police, the suspects, who had been robbing a bus, opened fire. During the gun battle, the driver of another bus that drove into the area lost control and the vehicle somersaulted. Three passengers were killed in the process, thirteen others sustained injuries.
Nnamdi said the police recovered four AK 47 rifles, a Tokarev pistol and a Brownie pistol, and ammunition from the gang.